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Jul 23, 2019

At the scene of a fatal car crash, I saw Americans reveal their fundamental decency
American media and politics today focus on divisions and wounds. But what I witnessed after a terrible traffic accident shows we're better than that.

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Jul 23, 2019

Bernie Sanders Employees Demand $15 Hourly. 1 Strategist Calls That ‘Ridiculous'.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's campaign staffers are demanding wages of at least $15 hourly, but a campaign strategist is calling that prospect "ridiculous," saying productivity would have to be cut to stay within budget.After facing criticism earlier in July, the Vermont senator defended how he compensates his staff."I'm very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract," he told the Des Moines Register on Friday. "And that contract was ratified by the employees of the campaign, and it not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers."Sanders's campaign manager Faiz Shakir said as negotiations continue, the campaign would be "limiting hours," he told Newsweek."We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the integrity of these efforts before they were concluded," he said. "As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked."Republican strategist and campaign manager Joe Desilets told the Daily Caller News Foundation that less than $15 hourly is relatively well-paid for certain positions.He said $13 hourly is "probably on the high end of standard."

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Jul 23, 2019

Body found behind cooler at Iowa supermarket was employee who went missing 10 years ago
Authorities on Monday said they have identified the man as Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada who was reported missing in November 2009.

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Jul 23, 2019

Britain waits for US before Huawei 5G decision
Britain said Monday it was "not yet in a position" to decide what involvement China's Huawei should have in the UK's 5G next-generation telecoms network. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright told parliament that London was still seeking clarity on the implications of US action against the Chinese telecoms giant, adding it would be "wrong to make specific decisions" beforehand. "The government is not yet in a position to decide what involvement Huawei should have in the provision of the UK's 5G network," he said.

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Jul 23, 2019

Democratic Senator Takes Shot at DeVos: ‘I Think We Should Send Her Back'
Senator Debbie Stabenow attacked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a speech Monday, saying "I think we should send her back.""Too many of our children languish in inadequate, ill-equipped schools. Thank you, Betsy DeVos," Stabenow said during her address to the NAACP convention in Detroit. "I really wish she was not from Michigan. I think we should send her back."Stabenow was referencing the chant of "send her back" that Trump supporters launched into during the president's campaign stop in North Carolina last week, aimed at Democratic representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who was born in Somalia. Sen. Stabenow on Sec. DeVos while discussing Michigan schools at the NAACP convention: "I really wish she was not from Michigan. I think we should send her back." pic.twitter.com/loH0BNdWV7 -- MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 22, 2019The chant, which Trump later said he was "not happy" with, followed on the heels of Trump's controversial criticism of Omar and three of her fellow congresswomen of color who were born in the U.S., Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. The president had suggested that the four freshmen should "go back" to the countries their families immigrated from if they are not happy with America.The House condemned Trump's remarks as racist last week, with four Re

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Jul 23, 2019

Hong Kong Enters China's Danger Zone
The great game of international chicken that did not occur in the 1980s was the United Kingdom holding a referendum on Hong Kong's future rather than negotiating with China. Territorial legislators generally opposed the handover to Beijing while London consciously refused to consult the residents.Had Hong Kongers voted for independence or continued UK control, then Deng Xiaoping's government, early in the reform process and only shortly beyond a costly conflict with Vietnam, would have hesitated to use military force to retake the territories. However, it is hard to imagine a later Chinese government not revisiting the issue and refusing to accept no for an answer.Hong Kong, essentially stolen by the world's then dominant imperial power from the enfeebled Qing Dynasty, was reclaimed by the People's Republic of China to great fanfare in 1997. Even many ethnic Chinese around the world were proud to see what they conceived of as historic China rather than the ephemeral PRC overcome yet another humiliation inflicted by the West.Beijing promised to preserve the unique character of what became a Special Administrative Region for a half century. Hong Kong would be an anomaly, an outpost of liberty and tolerance in what remained a dictatorship capable of great violence, as in Tiananmen Square in 1989. And for years the PRC largely kept its bargain. A journalist friend said that in the early years Chinese authorities may have intervened less in his field than had British colonial administrators.

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Jul 23, 2019

Japan scrambles fighters to intercept Russian and Chinese planes
Japan's military scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept Russian and Chinese planes, it said on Tuesday, including an observation jet at which South Korean forces fired warning shots after it entered airspace over an island claimed by both Seoul and Tokyo. Japan, like South Korea, identified two Chinese H-6 bombers and two Russian TU-95 bombers flying over the strait between the countries. In addition, there was a Russian A-50 observation plane at which South Korea had fired warning shots after it passed close to the island it controls, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

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Jul 23, 2019

Man Who Can't Afford Tropical Vacation Does the Normal Thing By Faking the Best Trip Ever and a Lot of People Can Relate
Faced with financial constraints, a man who couldn't afford a trip to Hawaii made a wacky video that is spreading laughter across the internet.

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Jul 23, 2019

More than 36 Syrian civilians killed in Idlib 'by Russian and Assad regime strikes'
Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion. In the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, men covered in blood were carried away from the market by residents and rescue workers, who used mattresses as makeshift stretchers, an AFP photographer said. He saw the corpse of one man sprawled on the ground near a motorcycle, rubble surrounding his lifeless body. With his eyes closed and his face covered in dust, another man clutched the arms of two people helping him out of the bombed area, the photographer added. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on the vegetable market and surrounding areas in Maaret al-Numan killed 36 civilians and two unidentified persons. A member of the Syrian civil defence, known as the White Helmets, rests atop an excavator after participating in a search for victims under the rubble of buildings Credit: ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP/Getty Images The Britain-based monitor said Russian aircraft carried out the air raids, but Moscow denied it was responsible. "The Russian air force was not carrying out any missions in this part of Syria," said a defence ministry statement. More than 100 other people were wounded, according to the monitor, which said many of those injured were in a critical condition and people remained trapped under the rubble. T

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Jul 23, 2019

Mother: Family will sue cruise company over toddler's death
There are "a million things" the cruise company could have done to prevent the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from an open window on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico, the toddler's mother said in an interview broadcast Monday. Michael Winkleman, the family's attorney, has challenged a Puerto Rico police report that says Chloe Wiegand's grandfather dropped the toddler out of a window July 7th when the Freedom of the Seas was docked in Puerto Rico.

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Jul 23, 2019

Rep. Johnson: There needs to be spending control going forward
U.S. debt in focus as lawmakers, White House close in on budget deal; Republican Study Committee chair Rep. Mike Johnson weighs in.

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Jul 23, 2019

Rep. Rashida Tlaib Calls For $20 An Hour Minimum Wage
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a federal minimum wage of up to $20 an hour at a "One Fair Wage" event in Detroit on Sunday."Big fights like this one, $15. When we started it, it should have been $15. Now I think it should be $20 … It should be $20 an hour. $18-20 an hour," Tlaib said in a video posted by America Rising on Monday.Tlaib and Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell participated in an event called "Server for an Hour" to support the Raise the Wage Act that passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives Thursday.Tlaib brought up the common counter-argument that raising the minimum wage will not actually feel like more money in the wallets of workers. Fighting for our working families sometimes means walking in their shoes. It was only for an hour, but it was hard work. @HouseDemocrats passed Fightfor15 OneFairWage & now the Senate needs to.

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Jul 23, 2019

Stealth Hacked? China Claims It Can Find and Destroy the Air Force's F-22s and F-35s
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed may have already solved the problem. The service openly talks about the E-2D's role as the central node of its NIFC-CA battle network to defeat enemy air and missile threats. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, the Navy's director of air warfare, described the concept in detail at the U.S. Naval Institute just before Christmas in 2013.State-run Chinese media is claiming that the People's Liberation Army has been able to track the U.S. Air Force's Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters over the East China Sea. While the Chinese report might be easily dismissed as propaganda—it is not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact—it's very possible that China can track the Raptor. Stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, after all. Stealth technology simply delays detection and tracking.(This first appeared in 2016.)First off, if a Raptor is carrying external fuel tanks—as it often does during "ferry missions"—it is not in a stealth configuration. Moreover, the aircraft is often fitted with a Luneburg lens device on its ventral side during peacetime operations that enhances its cross section on radar.That being said, even combat-configured F-22s are not invisible to enemy radar, contrary to popular belief. Neither is any other tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft with empennage surfaces such as tailfins—the F-35, PAK-FA, J-20 or J-31. That's just basic physics.

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Jul 23, 2019

This Is the ATV-Mounted Jammer That Took Down an Iranian Drone
The drone was less than a mile from the USS Boxer when the Marines caused it to crash.

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump reportedly eyeing big spending cuts if reelected
The president has reportedly instructed White House aides to look for ways to slash the federal budget if he wins a second term.

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump turns up at wedding, prompting chants of ‘USA!'
A bride and groom were left stunned after Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at their wedding.The US president turned up unexpectedly as the event was in full flow at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey.Mr Trump was greeted by applause from newlyweds Nicole Marie and PJ Mongelli and their guests and clapped along himself.He then beckoned the couple over to him and put his arms around them as they led chants of "USA, USA" and "Trump, Trump, Trump" while pumping their arms in the air.The president can then be seen kissing the bride on the cheek before shaking the groom's hand.Ms Mongelli's cousin Danielle De Santiss posted footage of the meeting on Instagram with the hashtag MagaWedding.In an earlier video, posted on Instagram by @snd321, a woman tells Mr Trump as he stops by the bridal suite: "You're a class act that you came in here." View this post on Instagram Congratulations to my beautiful cousin @nicoleeeemariie & @pattyboy3428 ?? ... swipe left ???????????? MagaWedding freeasaprocky A post shared by Danielle DeSantis (@danielledesantiss) on Jul 21, 2019 at 10:33am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by SND321 (@snd321) on Jul 20, 2019 at 7:08pm PDTThe groom then asked the president to stop by their wedding reception later.Mr Mongelli, who has a Facebook photo of he and his wife wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, told CNN afterwards: "He was such a gentleman. He was aces."He added that the couple, who got engaged to his wife at the golf resort in 2017, were big Tr

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump calls congresswomen racist day after his adviser says the term is used to silence speech
Trump's latest attack on four minority women lawmakers involves familiar a tactic: Accusing others of what he has been accused of.

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Jul 23, 2019

Venezuela jet 'aggressively shadows' US aircraft over Caribbean Sea
A Venezuelan fighter jet harassed a US Navy surveillance plane over international waters, the US Southern Command (Southcom) has revealed.The Russian-made Venezuelan jet took off from an airfield 200 miles east of Caracas on Friday, according to information released by Southcom. It approached the US Navy EP-3 Aries II over the Caribbean Sea."Venezuela SU-30 Flanker ‘aggressively shadowed' a US EP-3 aircraft at an unsafe distance July 19, jeopardising the crew and aircraft," Southcom said in tweets on Sunday. "The EP-3 was performing a multi-nationally recognised and approved mission in international airspace over Caribbean Sea.""This action demonstrates Russia's irresponsible military support to Maduro's illegitimate regime and underscores Maduro's recklessness and irresponsible behaviour," the tweets continued, "which undermines international rule of law and efforts to counter illicit trafficking." SOUTHCOM said in a statement that it determined the Russian-made jet had acted inappropriately after reviewing video documentation, which was shared publicly."The U.S. routinely conducts multi-nationally recognised and approved detection and monitoring missions in the region to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and those of our partners," the statement said.The Southern Command's tweets refer to Russia's backing of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's amid US-imposed sanctions, as the US and other countries support Juan Guaidó, the country's opposit

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Jul 23, 2019

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Jul 23, 2019

US hotels caught in fight over housing detained migrants
Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. For decades, the U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in hotels, and Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence says it might have to split up families if hotels don't help. American and United Airlines said last year they didn't want to fly migrant children separated from their parents.

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Jul 23, 2019

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Jul 23, 2019

Kim inspects new sub, wants North Korea's military bolstered
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a newly built submarine and ordered officials to further bolster the country's military capabilities, state media reported Tuesday, as the North increases pressure on the United States ahead of the possible resumption of nuclear diplomacy. Last week, North Korea said it may lift its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests to protest expected military drills between the United States and South Korea that Pyongyang says are an invasion rehearsal. The submarine report comes as the U.S. and North Korea work to resume talks after a meeting late last month on the Korean border between Kim and President Donald Trump.

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Jul 23, 2019

Outrage after NYPD officers are drenched with water while on duty
A 'Fox & Friends' law enforcement panel reacts to the treatment of police officers in America.

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Jul 23, 2019

Lawyer: Man who killed mob boss thought he was helping Trump
A man charged with killing a reputed New York mob boss was deluded by internet conspiracy theories and thought he was helping President Donald Trump defend Democracy, his attorney said in court papers filed Friday. Anthony Comello is facing murder charges in the March 13 shooting of Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, an alleged leader in the Gambino crime family. In a legal filing, attorney Robert Gottleib said Comello was gripped by an irrational belief that Cali was part of a "deep state" that secretly controls the U.S., and went to the gangster's home on Staten Island with handcuffs with the intention of arresting him.

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Jul 23, 2019

Israeli Air Force's F-35 Stealth Fighter Went Into Iran's Airspace: Report
As we have already explained, in May 2018 the IAF revealed that it has used its stealth fighters in combat operations, making Israel the first country in the world to carry out an "operational attack" using the F-35.Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander Brigadier General Farzad Ismaili, who had been in office since 2010, has been fired by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after he kept secret that Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35 stealth fighters had violated Iran's airspace, the Kuwaiti daily Al Jarida reported on Saturday.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)The newspaper emphasized that it was the original media source that exposed the Israeli raids, which had taken place in March 2018. Al Jarida cited senior Iranian military who said that only following its March report did the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence ministry begin to investigate the case, under Khamenei's direct orders.According to the newspaper's investigation, "the IAF F-35 "Adir" planes penetrated Iran's airspace, circled high above Tehran, Karajrak, Isfahan, Shiraz and Bandar Abbas - and photographed Iran's air defense system."

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Jul 23, 2019

More racial diversity in U.S. police departments unlikely to reduce shootings: study
The report from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland at College Park was published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It follows a number of police shootings of unarmed black men over the last few years that have triggered protests and stirred concerns about police use of force against minorities. "Those kinds of cases, they get a lot of attention and it's right that they get a lot of attention because they're really tragic cases," said Joseph Cesario, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University and the senior author of the report.

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Jul 23, 2019

Apple in talks to buy Intel smartphone chip unit: report
Apple is in talks to buy Intel's smartphone modem chip unit, a move that would help the iPhone maker control a key component, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the matter as saying the deal would cover Intel patents and staff valued at a billion dollars, but that it might not come together. Apple has been investing in its own mobile chips to ramp up performance and features in its devices and reduce its dependence on Qualcomm.

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Jul 23, 2019

Insider says Apple's iPhone 12 will have a revolutionary new OLED display
Gaming Android phones are a thing these days, although they're already overkill in many ways. They're maxed-out machines supposed to deliver an even better gaming experience than regular high-end Android handsets. One of their signature features concerns the display, which supports 120GHz refresh rates -- Asus's just-announced ROG Phone II is one example. Apple, meanwhile, hasn't equipped any of its iPhones with 120Hz screens but has developed the same technology for the latest iPad Pro models, which feature 120Hz Pro Motion screens.An industry insider now claims that the iPhone 12 phones will also pack a 120Hz display, and it'll introduce an awesome new feature along with it.Apple made the switch to OLED for flagship iPhones a couple of years ago, with the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max all featuring 60Hz OLED screens that do support 120Hz touch sample rate. That's not to be confused with the actual refresh rate of the screen -- the ROG Phone II features a 120Hz display with a 240Hz touch sample rate. Of note, the 2018 iPad Pros come with LCD screens featuring 120Hz refresh rates.Ice Universe, an industry insider known for his Samsung-related leaks, also posts Apple rumors from time to time. And he did so a few hours ago, posting on Twitter the news that Apple is currently discussing its 2020 iPhone screens with suppliers Samsung and LG.https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1152928927037308928These displays will reportedly feature a "switchable

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Jul 23, 2019

Iran 'does not seek confrontation,' says FM after tanker seizure
Iran does not seek confrontation with Britain amid a row over seized tanker ships, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday in a message directed at likely incoming premier Boris Johnson. "It is very important for Boris Johnson as he enters 10 Downing Street to understand that Iran does not seek confrontation, that Iran wants normal relations based on mutual respect," Zarif told reporters in Managua.

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Jul 23, 2019

Iran claims arrest of 17 CIA spies; Pompeo: Iran has 'long history of lying'
Iran claims its authorities arrested 17 spies recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the Middle East nation's nuclear and military sites.

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Jul 23, 2019

British man to testify against professor in Chicago stabbing
A British man accused in the fatal stabbing of a hair stylist in Chicago that a prosecutor said was driven by a sexual fantasy agreed Monday to plead guilty and testify against his co-defendant in the killing, a former Northwestern University professor, in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence. Andrew Warren's written plea agreement comes almost two years after 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau's body was discovered July 27, 2017, riddled with stab wounds in an apartment in River North. The discovery prompted a nationwide manhunt for Warren and Wyndham Lathem, who lived in the apartment and was eventually identified as Cornell-Duranleau's boyfriend.

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Jul 23, 2019

Father of 6 dies after wave breaks his neck in 'freak accident' on North Carolina coast
A Raleigh man was killed Friday after he was hit by a strong wave at Oak Island, his family said.

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Jul 23, 2019

‘Another white guy in the race': Dems perplexed by Tom Steyer's run
Some Democratic lawmakers wish the billionaire impeachment advocate would drop his presidential bid.

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Jul 23, 2019

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Jul 23, 2019

5 shot dead, 6 wounded in Acapulco bar near beach
Gunmen killed five men and wounded six other people at a popular bar in Acapulco on Sunday, the latest in a string of violent incidents for the once-glamorous Pacific Coast resort city that has fallen on hard times. The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said the shootings took place in the morning at a watering hole called Mr. Bar, which is on the city's broad coastal avenue across the street from high-rise beachside hotels. Acapulco is full of summer vacationers, and days earlier authorities launched a security operation for the tourist season.

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Jul 23, 2019

Why No Enemy Would Dare Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier
Circumstances obviously matter for an attack on a U.S. aircraft carrier. An out-of-the-blue attack from a conventionally armed state actor would enjoy the highest levels of success, but would also have an impact on elite and public opinion in the United States that might drive calls for dire retribution. Since the 1950s, the supercarrier has been the most visible representation of U.S. military power and maritime hegemony. Although supercarriers have participated in nearly every military conflict since the commissioning of USS Forrestal in 1955, no carrier has come under determined attack from a capable opponent. In part, this is because supercarriers are very difficult to attack, but the symbolic grandeur of the massive ships also plays a role; no one wants to know what the United States might do if one of its carriers came under attack.(This first appeared several months ago.)What would happen if a foe attacked a United States Navy (USN) aircraft carrier during a conflict? How would the United States react, and how would it respond?Circumstances:

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Jul 23, 2019

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Jul 23, 2019

Ford F-150 EV pickup prototype tows more than 1 million pounds in a demonstration
As fully electric cars become the norm, battery-powered pickup trucks have yet to be seen on a wide scale. Tesla, Rivian and Ford race to be first.

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Jul 23, 2019

Bernie Sanders thinks media is unfair, so he created his own
When Bernie Sanders wanted to preview a speech about his signature health care plan, "Medicare for All," he did not opt for a traditional interview. The makeshift studio for the show is in a room with a long wooden table, walls decorated with Sanders campaign signs and tchotchkes including a Sanders action figure. Sanders sat down for an interview — with his campaign manager, Faiz Shakir.

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Jul 23, 2019

'Send her back' chants 'very, very painful, extremely divisive': Rep. Elijah Cummings
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings discusses President Trump's comments and supporter chants on "This Week."

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Jul 23, 2019

America's Own Decepticon "Starscream" F-15 Is Ready to Do Battle with Iran
The escalating tensions follow an announcement last month by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of new sanctions against any country, including U.S. allies, that imports Iranian oil, the country's top source of income. The White House also designated the Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, part of a hardening stance toward Iran.Taken on May 8, 2019 the interesting photos in this post show U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle fighter jets belonging to 48th Fighter Wing (FW) from RAF Lakenheath, taxing on a runway in Southwest Asia. U.S. Air Forces Central Command Airmen, Joint personnel, and Coalition partners stand ready to provide defense from any threat. These aircraft were moved within the theater to be best positioned to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region.

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Jul 23, 2019

A Massachusetts police department asked would-be criminals to 'hold off' during heat wave. They listened
The Braintree Police Department in Massachusetts asked criminals to "hold off" for the weekend and, on Monday, the department reported zero arrests.

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Jul 23, 2019

Fox News Host Calls for ‘9/11-Style Commission' to Investigate How AOC Was Elected to Congress
Reacting to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) call for a "9/11-style commission" to be convened to investigate the Trump administration's child separation policy at the border, Fox News host Pete Hegseth said on Monday that there should instead be an investigation to see how the progressive lawmaker was elected to Congress in the first place.During a town hall in her district on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez called for a lengthy study into the president's zero-tolerance immigration policy, adding that it's what's "required in order to reunify as many children with their parents as possible"On Monday's broadcast of Fox News' early-afternoon chatfest Outnumbered, the panel discussed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's recent visit to border detention centers, noting Schumer and other Democrats called the conditions at the camps "inhumane." Fox News host Melissa Francis then contrasted this with President Trump's weekend tweets about Schumer's visit in which he said Schumer "must have seen how dangerous & bad" the border crisis is now."What's ironic now is both sides are saying the exact same thing which is, it's a mess of the border," she added.Hegseth, serving as the female-centric program's lone male guest host, agreed that the border is a mess and that it's of Congress' making before immediately pivoting to AOC. (Fox News has devoted three times more coverage to the freshman congresswoman this year than the other cable news networks.)"We shouldn't tak

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Jul 23, 2019

Iran oil tanker crisis: Mike Pompeo says ‘responsibility falls to UK to take care of its ships'
Mike Pompeo has called on the UK to "take care of their ships" in the Strait of Hormuz amid increasing tensions between Tehran and the West since Iran seized a British oil tanker .The US secretary of state said in an interview with Fox News on Monday "the responsibility in the first instance falls to the United Kingdom"."This is a bad regime, it's not honouring the people of Iran, they've not conducted what amounts to national piracy — a nation state taking over a ship that's travelling in international waters — this is the kind of behaviour we've seen out of Iran for 40 years."The United States has a responsibility to do our part, but the world has a big role in this too to keep those sea lanes open," said Mr Pompeo.Confrontation between the United States and Iran has spiralled since last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement signed by his predecessor Barack Obama which guaranteed Iran access to world trade in return for curbs to its nuclear programme.Since then, Iran has stepped up its nuclear activity beyond limits in the deal and Washington has accused Tehran of attacking ships in the Gulf. In June, after Iran shot down a US drone, Trump ordered retaliatory air strikes, only to abort them minutes before impact, the closest the United States has come to bombing Iran in their 40 year history of animosity.Last week the United States said it had shot down an Iranian drone, which Tehran denied.Washington&

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Jul 23, 2019

Mexico, US to launch plan against arms smuggling at border
The Mexican government said Monday it has reached agreement with the United States for a joint operation to combat gun smuggling along the U.S. border after seeing a spike in the number of illegal firearms detected. Seizures of assault rifles in Mexico are up 122% so far this year. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico's military would coordinate with U.S. authorities to launch anti-gun-smuggling operations in five Mexican border cities — Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros.

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Jul 23, 2019

Pakistani intelligence led CIA to bin Laden: Imran Khan
Pakistan's main spy agency provided the US with a lead that helped them find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday. Pakistan has until now officially denied having any knowledge of the terror chief until he was shot dead in a night time raid by US special forces on May 2, 2011, an incident that was a major national embarrassment and caused ties between the two countries to plummet. Khan, who is visiting Washington on his first official trip, made his claim in an interview with Fox News when he was asked whether his country would release a jailed doctor whose fake immunization drive helped the US track and kill bin Laden in 2011.

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Jul 23, 2019

Parents blame Royal Caribbean for toddler's death after 11-story fall
"I never want another mother to see what I had to see, or to scream how I had to scream," Kimberly Wiegand said in a TV interview Monday.

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Jul 23, 2019

Neighbors Say They Warned City About Giant Tree That Toppled on Homes
A storm in St. Louis brought down a huge tree damaging four homes, but neighbors say they`ve been complaining about the tree for two years.

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Jul 23, 2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders shows up to govs shindig as Arkansas rumors swirl
Sanders is seen as a possible 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial candidate.

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump adviser Stephen Miller says outrage over 'racist' remarks meant to 'silence and punish'
"I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color of skin, that happens to be a racial criticism," he said.

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Jul 23, 2019

Turkey seizes $271 mln in counterfeit U.S. currency -newspaper
The raid was carried out on Friday in Istanbul's Esenyurt neighbourhood and five people were arrested, it said. Hurriyet said one of those arrested was previously released after being detained for suspected membership in a network that Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed military coup in 2016. Turkish authorities accuse the leader of this network, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, of masterminding the attempted putsch in July 2016.

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Jul 23, 2019

U.S. Army Invests In Studying ‘Hyperfit' Women Who Pass Its Hardest Tests
The U.S. Army is investing in studying the "hyperfit" women who pass some of the military's most grueling tests."This is a unique historical time," research physiologist Julie Hughes, who is assisting with the study at the base in Natick, Massachusetts, told The Associated Press. "There's this group of women who made it through the training so we want to get them to at least do these observational investigations to explore what makes them unique."She and Holly McClung, a nutritional physiologist at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, have already begun preparing to run tests, like measuring how much oxygen a person uses while exercising, on volunteers. McClung said she was notified July 12 that the tests were given the green light.The Pentagon lifted all combat job bans for women in December 2015. Since then, roughly 35 women have reached the elite levels of Army Ranger, graduating Marine infantry school or passing the initial assessment phase of Green Beret training, according to the AP.All of the women participating in the study will do so voluntarily, but McClung and Hughes said they already expect plenty of military women to raise their hands, metaphorically speaking. They plan to have groups of two or three women at a time undergo the testing — which includes mental, physical and psychological elements — to discover why they are able to do what so many men and women cannot.

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump has not built single mile of new border wall since taking office
It was the controversial campaign promise that Donald Trump built his 2016 electoral success on: to build what he called a "big beautiful wall" on the US border with Mexico.But, two and half years after he took office, supporters - who were so enamoured by the idea, they regularly chanted in favour of the structure - may be forgiven for wondering where exactly it is.Now, it has emerged that not a single new stretch of border wall has been built since Mr Trump took office in January 2017.A statement released by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency confirmed the 51 miles of fencing completed since Mr Trump took power has simply replaced barriers that already existed.No original wall or fencing has been created in areas that previously did not have any, it said.That is despite the fact that a total of 205 miles of both new and replacement wall and fencing has already been budgeted for since Mr Trump took office - including via the Treasury Forfeiture Fund which the president redirected through controversial executive action in February.Speaking anonymously to the Washington Examiner, a senior official in the Trump administration said engineers could move faster on so-called replacement projects than entirely new stretches of fence because the approval process for environmental and zoning permits was less extensive.Another official blamed Democrats for obstructing progress. He told the newspaper: "The wall projects are moving along as quickly as practicably possible given the unprecedented o

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Jul 23, 2019

More than 36 Syrian civilians killed in Idlib 'by Russian and Assad regime strikes'
Regime and Russian air strikes killed 50 people in northwest Syria on Monday, most of them in a crowded market, a war monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the opposition bastion. In the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, men covered in blood were carried away from the market by residents and rescue workers, who used mattresses as makeshift stretchers, an AFP photographer said. He saw the corpse of one man sprawled on the ground near a motorcycle, rubble surrounding his lifeless body. With his eyes closed and his face covered in dust, another man clutched the arms of two people helping him out of the bombed area, the photographer added. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes on the vegetable market and surrounding areas in Maaret al-Numan killed 36 civilians and two unidentified persons. A member of the Syrian civil defence, known as the White Helmets, rests atop an excavator after participating in a search for victims under the rubble of buildings Credit: ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP/Getty Images The Britain-based monitor said Russian aircraft carried out the air raids, but Moscow denied it was responsible. "The Russian air force was not carrying out any missions in this part of Syria," said a defence ministry statement. More than 100 other people were wounded, according to the monitor, which said many of those injured were in a critical condition and people remained trapped under the rubble. The head of the local hospital, Radwan Shardub, des

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Jul 23, 2019

Siemens boss says Trump is becoming ‘face of racism and exclusion' in searing rebuke of president
Donald Trump is turning into the "face of racism and exclusion" following his attacks targeting four congresswomen of colour, the chief executive of Siemens has said.In one of the sharpest rebukes from a major business leader against the president, Joe Kaeser, who leads the German industrial giant, responded to a news article about a Trump rally in North Carolina last week, when supporters directed a hostile chant towards Democrat Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, yelling "Send her back!"The president had earlier targeted Ms Omar, who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized US citizen, in a racist tweet, saying on Twitter that she and three other Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, should "go back" to "the crime infested places from which they came"."I find it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion," Mr Kaeser said on Twitter."I have lived in the USA for many years, experiencing freedom, tolerance and openness as never before."Mr Kaeser has previously used his position as the head of one of Europe's most powerful manufacturers to take a stand on political issues.Last year, he backed out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia following the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Despite his own attacks, Mr Trump has since attempted to distance hi

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Jul 23, 2019

What It Was Like To Be a Pilot During the Hellish Iran-Iraq War
‘Meanwhile, my wingman had engaged another MiG-21 and shot it down using two Sidewinders. He later reported that after seeing my F-14 exiting on the other side of the explosion, he was sure that it was badly burned and the crew dead.Retired by the U.S. Navy on Sep. 22, 2006 the iconic F-14 Tomcat remains the backbone of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) interceptor fleet.However, as told by Tom Cooper and Farzad Bishop in their book Iranian F-14 Tomcat units in combat, the F-14's service in Iran is characterised by an implausible series of controversies and ‘educated guesstimates' that are completely wrong.(This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2019.)

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Jul 23, 2019

Caracas, other parts of Venezuela hit by massive power cut
The lights went out in most of Caracas at 4:41 pm (2041 GMT) while people in other parts of the country took to social media to report their own power outages. "The first indications received from the investigation... point to the existence of an electromagnetic attack that sought to affect the hydroelectric generation system of Guayana," Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a statement on state television. Guayana in southern Venezuela is home to the Guri hydroelectric power station that produces 80 percent of the country's electricity.

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Jul 23, 2019

Philippines mulls tourists for Thitu, bolstering S. China Sea claims
The Philippines is considering inviting tourists to its biggest and most strategically important outpost in the South China Sea, part of efforts to assert its claim to sovereignty over some of the world's most contested islands. Thitu island in the Spratly archipelago is in the midst of major upgrades to its dilapidated facilities, playing catch-up with China and Vietnam, which have been developing facilities on islands they either occupy or have built from scratch on top of submerged reefs. "We are on track in rebuilding or repairing our runway in Pagasa," said Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, referring to Thitu, some 280 nautical miles off the Philippine coast.

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Jul 23, 2019

Price Of Bail Bonds For Illegal Immigrants Is Surging, Data Shows
The price on bail bonds for illegal immigrants has been surging, and those costs could be having an effect on crowding in Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention centers, according to data from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.Bail bonds in 2005 that judges issued for illegal migrants were all less than $2,000, Axios reported, citing the TRAC data.About 5% of bail bonds were under $2,000 as of last fiscal year, and 40% of bail bonds were at least $10,000, the data shows.The surge could be playing a role in the overcrowding at some ICE facilities, according to Axios. Asylum seekers and undocumented migrants receive court dates in the United States, but before going to court it is up to ICE to decide if they will be detained before their scheduled appearance.ICE also decides on a case-by-case basis who qualifies for bail and what that amount should be, Axios reported."If [ICE] sets it at $50,000, reducing it to $5,000 is extreme," said Dana Leigh Marks, an immigration judge.

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Jul 23, 2019

Proposed New Zealand law says owning guns is not a right
New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership in a law proposed Monday that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right. It would also allow police to weigh other factors such as a person's mental health and even what they had been posting on social media to determine whether they were fit to own a gun. The government hopes lawmakers will approve the legislation by the end of the year.

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Jul 23, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubles down on eliminating the entire Department of Homeland Security
National security expert Matt Pinsker explains exactly what the Department of Homeland Security does and why our country needs it.

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Jul 23, 2019

Mother: Family will sue Royal Caribbean over toddler's death
Speaking publicly for the first time since Chloe Wiegand died, her mother, Kimberley Wiegand, told NBC's "Today" show that her family will sue Royal Caribbean Cruises for "not having a safer situation on the 11th floor of that cruise ship."

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Jul 23, 2019

Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson
Scott Kowalchyk/CBSOn Monday night, comedian Stephen Colbert welcomed Marianne Williamson, the "spiritual healer" turned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, to his late-night program. After reading off her list of accomplishments, which includes activism work and a series of bestselling self-help books, Colbert asked Williamson what sets her apart from the rest of the packed Dem field. "I want to be an agent of change," offered Williamson, who was there to promote her new book, A Politics of Love. "Now, love is not always associated with the presidency… would you be able to order other people to go kill our enemies?" asked Colbert—a question that seemed mildly sexist when posed to a woman candidate. "Absolutely," Williamson replied. "I think that when you take an oath of office of the president of the United States, part of that oath means that you are commander-in-chief, absolutely. But if you're going to talk about peace, you can't just back up into peace." Then, well, Colbert served up a few softball questions, asking her "what it's like to be up on the stage with those nine other people" and whether she feels "marginalized" (Williamson blamed the "political media-industrial complex" for why she's considered a left-field candidate).  The host then compared her to President Trump, saying, "We have someone who is a businessman with no political experience in office now. That makes someone who is from what we would think of as kind of the normative political track

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Jul 23, 2019

The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native Hawaiian protesters on the mountain aren't leaving.

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Jul 23, 2019

Kenyan finance minister arrested on corruption charges over mega dam project
Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich and other treasury officials were arrested on Monday on corruption and fraud charges over a multi-million dollar project to build two mega dams, police said. Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji had ordered the arrest and prosecution of Rotich and 27 other top officials on charges of fraud, abuse of office and financial misconduct in the latest scandal to rock graft-wracked Kenya. Mr Rotich, his principal secretary and the chief executive of Kenya's environmental authority then presented themselves to the police. Mr Haji claimed the conception, procurement and payment processes for the dam project - part of a bid to improve water supply in the drought-prone country - was "riddled with irregularities". The arrests are part of a drive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to combat corruption in the poverty-plagued country, which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars disappear due to fraud.  A string of top officials have been charged since last year, when a damning report from the auditor general showed that the government could not account for $400 million (£321m) in public funds.  But it is unprecedented for a sitting minister to be arrested for corruption.  Detailing the charges, the chief prosecutor pointed to the awarding of the contract to Italian firm CMC di Ravenna in a manner that he said flouted proper procurement procedures, and despite financial woes that forced the company into liquidation

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Jul 23, 2019

Miss Michigan stripped of title over 'offensive' social media posts
Kathy Zhu received an email Thursday dismissing her as a Miss World America pageant participant and revoking her Miss Michigan World America title.

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Jul 23, 2019

Istanbul gives Syrians one month to return to provinces in which they are registered
Authorities in Istanbul set a four-week deadline on Monday for Syrians living without approval in Turkey's largest city to return to provinces where they are registered or face forced removal to those regions. It was not immediately clear how many people could be affected by the order, but Istanbul's new mayor has said that a total of 1 million Syrians live in the city compared with Interior Ministry figures showing 500,000 are registered. Turkey's recession-hit economy and high levels of unemployment have fueled anger against the 3.6 million Syrians living in Turkey, the largest refugee population to have fled the eight-year-old civil war in neighboring Syria.

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Jul 23, 2019

Jeremy Hunt announces joint European task force to protect ships in Gulf after Iran's tanker seizure
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, on Monday announced a joint European maritime mission on the Strait of Hormuz in the aftermath of a British tanker seizure in the Gulf. In a statement to the House of Commons he said the UK will ask all British flagged ships to give notice of intention to pass through the Strait of Hormuz so they can be given protection. It followed a signal from the United States that it would not aid Britain in the Persian Gulf, in a fresh sign of disagreement between the allies over Iran policy. Asked about any possible US role in the tensions in the Strait of Hormuz, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, said on Monday that "the responsibility ... falls to the United Kingdom to take care of their ship". The US has been attempting to build a "coalition of navies" to coordinate efforts to protect ships in the Gulf, which the UK has not said it will participate in.  It is understood Britain is hesitating over fears such a move could be seen by Tehran as provocative, at a time when the Government wants to avoid being dragged into more confrontation. Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero on Friday in retaliation for Royal Navy marines impounding an Iranian supertanker off Gibraltar earlier this month on suspicion it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. A speedboat of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard moves around a British-flagged oil tanker

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Jul 23, 2019

French submarine lost in 1968 found at last in Mediterranean
A French submarine that went missing in the western Mediterranean in 1968 has been found, officials said Monday, ending a 51-year wait for families of the crew who continue to seek answers to the naval disaster. The diesel-electric Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 27, 1968. "We found the submarine Minerve last night located 45 kilometres (30 miles) south of Toulon, about 20 kilometres further south than where it was searched for in 1968," the French maritime prefect of the Mediterranean, Vice Admiral Charles Henri du Che, told reporters in Toulon.

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Jul 23, 2019

'Let me guess, you want to nuke them all': Trump constantly baiting John Bolton in front of officials, report says
Donald Trump likes to goad his national security adviser John Bolton about his lust for military action, according to officials who have spoken out on their relationship.As Iran claims to have captured spies working for the US and accuses Mr Bolton of trying to start "war of the century", new details have emerged of the president's fondness for baiting his adviser in the company of top officials - including foreign dignitaries.During a White House Situation Room meeting last year, Mr Trump reportedly said to his hawkish national security chief: "Ok, John, let me guess, you want to nuke them all?"According to the report by the Axios website, Mr Trump turned to Mr Bolton in an Oval Office meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and said: "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"Quoting unnamed senior administration officials, the account claimed the president recently joked that "John has never seen a war he doesn't like", repeating sentiments made in public. "If it was up to him he'd take on the whole world at one time, okay?" Mr Trump recently told NBC's Meet the Press.Yet the president is said to get "quite touchy" if critics of Mr Bolton complain the national security adviser could pull the US into unnecessary conflict against Mr Trump's will. "He doesn't want anyone to believe he's anybody's pawn."Sources said Mr Trump likes to keep Mr Bolton on hi

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Jul 23, 2019

'Outrageous': Convicted criminals serve as Alaskan police amid public safety crisis, investigation finds
Dozens of police officers with criminal records have worked in Alaska, despite state law that should have disqualified them, an investigation finds.

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Jul 23, 2019

Britain plans European-led Gulf force after tanker seizure
Britain on Monday said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned Iran's actions as "state piracy" while at the same time emphasising that Britain did not want confrontation. "We will seek to establish this mission as quickly as possible," Hunt said, adding that a second warship that Britain has sent to the region would arrive by July 29.

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Jul 23, 2019

US sanctions Chinese oil trader for violating Iran restrictions: Pompeo
The United States is placing a leading Chinese oil importer on its sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday. "As part of that maximum pressure campaign, I am announcing that the United States is imposing sanctions on the Chinese entity Zhuhai Zhenrong and its chief executive Youmin Li," Pompeo said in a speech.

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Jul 23, 2019

Venezuela hits out at US 'spy plane' incursion
Venezuela claimed on Monday that a US "spy plane" had entered its airspace, just days after Washington accused a Venezuelan fighter jet of "aggressively" shadowing an American intelligence plane over the Caribbean Sea. Venezuela's Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said a plane that had come from the United States flew over the Caracas airport "flight information region," without explaining its reasons for doing so.

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Jul 23, 2019

With over 40K blacked out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Con Edison: 'They should have been better prepared'
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed electricity company Con Edison for blackouts in Brooklyn and Queens on Sunday night amid a heat wave.

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Jul 23, 2019

Warren warns of a 'coming economic crash'
Elizabeth Warren again sees "serious warning signs" of a "coming economic crash."

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump Nears Moment of Truth to Address ‘Send Her Back' Chants
(Bloomberg) -- At a political rally sometime in the coming weeks, Donald Trump will almost certainly be met again with a chant rising from an auditorium packed with boisterous supporters: "Send her back!"In that moment Trump will have to choose a course. He could turn to the crowd and deliver an unambiguous condemnation, telling his supporters that they shouldn't persist with a slogan -- directed at a Somali-born U.S. representative from Minnesota -- that many critics called racist. Or, Trump could pause, as he did during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, last week, and let the chant build in volume, perhaps offering only a winking condemnation that frees his fans to make it the 2020 version of "Lock Her Up."It'll be an early test of the president's willingness to tolerate the more extreme elements of his base as he ramps up his bid for a second term. Last week, faced with bipartisan backlash, Trump first tried to distance himself from -- then later signaled support for -- a rallying cry that even some loyal backers said risked crossing the line into racism.Trump's next rally is expected to be in Cincinnati later this month, about the time the 2020 Democratic candidates hold their second round of debates. That could briefly take the spotlight off a president who likes his tweets to soar like rocket ships.If the past is prologue, Trump may again recoil at suggestions that he admit fault. He's also someone who sees politically correct outrage, particularly on issues of race, as a dividing line between the t

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Jul 23, 2019

UPDATE 2-Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death
Iran captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday. Iranian state television published images it said showed the CIA officers who were in touch with the suspected spies. Iran announced in June that it had broken up an alleged CIA spy ring but it was unclear whether Monday's announcement was linked to the same case.

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Jul 23, 2019

Taiwan Spy Chief Quits Over $200,000 Tax-Free Cigarettes Scandal
(Bloomberg) -- Taiwan's intelligence chief quit after accusations that an agent attempted to use President Tsai Ing-wen's overseas trip to secure some $200,000 worth of tax-free cigarettes.National Security Bureau Director-General Peng Sheng-chu resigned Monday, hours after the smuggling attempt was discovered upon Tsai's return from a visit to the Caribbean that included a U.S.-stopover. Tsai said in a Facebook post that the allegations represented unacceptable conduct by government officials and undercut the trip's diplomatic mission, "leading to ignorance of the achievements of visits to allies."The incident created a new political worry for Tsai as she girds for what's expected to be a difficult re-election fight against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu next year. Han -- the presumptive nominee for the opposition Kuomintang -- has criticized Tsai's management of the economy over the past three years.Tsai returned Monday from a visit this month to some of Taiwan's dwindling list of 17 formal diplomatic partners, including Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis. China has been luring the democratically run island's allies away as part of an effort to put pressure on Tsai and her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.Peng, a retired air force general, had occupied the post of intelligence chief since October 2016. He previously served as chief body guard for Tsai's DPP predecessor, former President Chen Shui-bian.At least one National Security Bureau official was among 10 suspects under investigation by Taipei District Prosecutors Office in connection with the cigarette-smuggling case, agency spokeswoman Chen Chia-hsiu said Tuesday. The group was suspected of ordering more than NT$6 millio

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Jul 23, 2019

Trump administration pursues rule that would remove 3.1 million people from food stamps
The Trump administration on Tuesday will propose a rule to tighten food stamp restrictions that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said. Currently, 43 U.S. states allow residents to automatically become eligible for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, if they receive benefits from another federal program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, according to the USDA.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native Hawaiian protesters on the mountain aren't leaving.

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Jul 22, 2019

UPDATE 1-S.Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft in its airspace
The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace. It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.

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Jul 22, 2019

South Korea fires hundreds of warning shots at Russian military plane
South Korean warplanes fired hundreds of warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, defense officials said, while Russia denied violating any airspace and accused South Korean pilots of being reckless. It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, an official at the South Korean Ministry of National Defence said in Seoul. Two Russian bombers and two Chinese bombers entered the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) together early on Tuesday, the defense ministry said.

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Jul 22, 2019

A Massachusetts police department asked would-be criminals to 'hold off' during heat wave. They listened
The Braintree Police Department in Massachusetts asked criminals to "hold off" for the weekend and, on Monday, the department reported zero arrests.

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Jul 22, 2019

538's Nate Silver on early 2020 polls versus fundraising: Which matter more?
Nate Silver analyzes the significance of fundraising in the Democratic primary.

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Jul 22, 2019

Attacks and Beijing's Warnings Fuel Hong Kong Anxiety
(Bloomberg) -- A night of protests and clashes in Hong Kong -- including tear gas volleys and roving groups of masked men attacking protesters -- prompted the strongest warnings yet from the Chinese government and fanned fears of escalating violence.Police fired smoke canisters to clear Hong Kong's streets late Sunday after demonstrators defied government requests to cut short another large and otherwise peaceful march through the Asian financial hub. Thousands of protesters had earlier surrounded China's liaison office and defaced the national emblem, an act that Beijing's representative said in a statement "seriously challenged" the central government's authority.Around the same time, groups of men wearing white shirts and surgical masks attacked metro passengers in the Yuen Long area, miles away near the border with the mainland metropolis of Shenzhen. While no arrests were made and it was unclear who the assailants were, the group targeted people dressed in black, the preferred color of demonstrators. An opposition lawmaker and several journalists were among dozens reported injured in the melee.Chief police superintendent Tse Chun-chung called the violence in the Yuen Long station "lawlessness" while speaking to Hong Kong Commercial Radio on Monday. The police have promised to arrest those responsible if there is sufficient evidence, according to the program.Traffic had resumed around China's liaison office and in Sheung Wan with little sign of protesters. Street sweepers were cleaning up the sidewalk nea

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Jul 22, 2019

Diver Has Epic Nose-to-Nose Encounter with One of the Most Elusive Sharks Lurking in the Deep Sea
You may have heard of megalodon, the massive prehistoric shark, but what about the bluntnose sixgill? This enormous, ancient shark was lurking in the deep long before its extinct cousin -- and still exists today at the bottom of the ocean. It's rarely seen even by scientists. But on a recent submarine dive shark expert Gavin Naylor caught amazing footage of one on camera cozying up to his research vessel, seeming to almost flirt and play with the vessel."I'm literally nose to nose with this animal," Naylor, who does research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told Live Science, referring to his trip in a submersible.Bluntnose sixgills are the oldest living shark lineage, said Dean Grubbs, a deep-sea ecologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Although Grubbs wasn't on board the submarine that night, the dive was part of his ongoing research on the behavior and biology of these sharks. [Photos: Orcas Are Chowing Down on Great-White-Shark Organs]"This is like studying dinosaurs," Grubbs told Live Science.In fact, the sixgill predates most dinosaurs -- the species has been around for roughly 200 million years. Some scientists even believe they may have survived the largest mass extinction event, the Permian-Triassic, which killed 96% of sea life.Diver comes nose-to-nose with a huge six gill shark. OceanXThe 16-foot-long (4.9 meters) female sixgill was spotted about 3,250 feet (

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Jul 22, 2019

Correction: Sunken Warship story
In a story July 18 about divers finding a sunken U.S. Navy ship off Maine coast, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by the Navy, erroneously reported the last U.S. warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II. It was the USS Frederick C. Davis, not the USS Eagle PE-56. CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — A private dive team has located one of the last U.S. Navy warships to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II, just a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Maine.

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Jul 22, 2019

Fox News' Shep Smith Grills Embattled Puerto Rico Governor: Can You Name Anyone Who Supports You?
During his first television interview since the scandal broke out over leaked private chats that have resulted in near-unanimous calls for his resignation, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló struggled to come up with a single name when Fox News anchor Shepard Smith pressed him to offer up anyone who currently supports him.With hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans taking to the streets of San Juan on Monday to demand Rosselló's resignation after the governor said he wouldn't step down on Sunday, Smith pointed out that "corruption is rampant" on the island before highlighting why the profanity-laced leaked chats have caused such backlash."So attacks on women, attacks on gays, attacks on the dead relatives of your own residents on your own island and after that who is left to support you?" Smith asked the governor. "Is it even safe for you to govern?"Rosselló, meanwhile, meekly said he has apologized and is trying to make amends, prompting the Fox anchor to ask him what exactly he's apologized for.After claiming he's apologized for the chats, the embattled governor attempted to say he wants to move on to battling corruption, leading Smith to remind him that the corruption is within Rosselló's own administration.Noting the widespread calls for him to step down, Smith grilled the governor on his lack of support in Puerto Rico, wondering aloud: "Who has come forward to support you?""There are folks who have supported me, who have come forward," Rossell

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Jul 22, 2019

The Orion capsule for NASA's next moon landing is ready to rock
The next trip to the moon isn't supposed to happen until 2024, but NASA is now ready to put living humans on the surface.On July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA confirmed that work on the Orion crew vehicle is complete. The reusable capsule, designed to carry four to six astronauts, is meant to offer a "sustainable" option for carrying humans to other worlds, including the moon and, later, Mars.NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine called the new development "an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity." The Orion capsule is supposed to carry humans to the moon in 2024 as part of the larger Artemis program.Orion's first trip to space is planned for 2020/2021, and it's to be an uncrewed test flight in which the module will spend 10 days in orbit around the moon before returning to Earth. The Artemis 2 mission is expected to follow in 2022, this time bringing live astronauts out into space for a moon flyby.The 2024 mission will include an actual, crewed landing, with the module first visiting to to-be-built Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway, a space station that's meant to remain in lunar orbit and serve as a staging ground for communications, scientific research, habitation, and exploration. NASA hopes that by 2028, humans will have a sustainable presence on the surface of the moon.SEE ALSO: Where are the lost Apollo 11 Moon landing tapes?Also completed is Orion's European Servi

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Jul 22, 2019

Putin gives Russian citizenship to Novatek's finance chief, a U.S. national
President Vladimir Putin handed Russian citizenship to gas producer Novatek's veteran finance chief Mark Gyetvay on Monday, a move that could potentially help the U.S. national bypass some sanctions restrictions. U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 ban U.S. nationals and companies from helping organize long-term funding for some major Russian firms, including Novatek. When the U.S. and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, executives with foreign passports at companies affected including Novatek - the country's largest non-state natural gas producer - and state bank VTB handed over responsibility for organizing new debt or equity issuance to colleagues without EU or U.S. passports.

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Jul 22, 2019

Joe Biden's campaign slams fellow Democrats and their push for 'Medicare-for-all'
GOP strategist Chris Neiweem and former federal prosecutor Debbie Hines weigh in on whether or not Joe Biden's moderate message will win him the 2020 Democratic nomination.

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Jul 22, 2019

Little Boy Is OK After Fish-Stealing Great White Shark Leaps at Him to Steal Fresh Caught Fish
"It had come up and it lunged out of the water"

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Jul 22, 2019

India denies Modi asked Trump to mediate Kashmir dispute
India on Tuesday denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked US President Donald Trump to mediate the decades-long Kashmir conflict with Pakistan, emphasizing that third-party involvement is unnecessary. Trump made the claim Monday while speaking from the Oval Office where he hosted Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. The president said that during a meeting two weeks ago Modi had asked, "'Would you like to be a mediator, or arbitrator?'" on Kashmir.

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Jul 22, 2019

More officer diversity won't cut racial disparity in US police shootings - study
Research found as percentage of black officers who fired in fatal shootings increased, the citizen shot was more likely to be blackThe report also found that of all the shootings analysed, in 56% of fatal officer-involved shootings a single officer fired their weapon. Photograph: Eric Thayer/ReutersIncreasing the diversity of America's police officers will not necessarily cut racial disparities in fatal police shootings, according to a new study which claims that race-specific crime rates are a bigger factor than the race of the officer.Research published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday found that as the percentage of black officers who shot in FOIS (fatal officer-involved shootings) increased, the citizen shot was more likely to be black than white. In a similar vein, as the number of Hispanic officers went up, the person shot was more likely to be black or Hispanic than white.The authors, led by David Johnson, a social cognitive psychologist at the University of Maryland, College Park, said the link between officer race and the race of citizens fatally killed are the result of officers and citizens usually coming from the same population base.They claimed to find no evidence that white officers were more likely to shoot minority groups than officers of colour.Researchers came to their conclusions by creating a database of more than 900 FOIS that occurred in the US in 2015, including officer race, sex and years of experience, u

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Jul 22, 2019

Millions of Barrels of Iranian Oil Are Piled Up in China's Ports
(Bloomberg) -- Tankers are offloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil into storage tanks at Chinese ports, creating a hoard of crude sitting on the doorstep of the world's biggest buyer.Two and a half months after the White House banned the purchase of Iran's oil, the nation's crude is continuing to be sent to China where it's being put into what's known as "bonded storage," say people familiar with operations at several Chinese ports. This supply doesn't cross local customs or show up in the nation's import data, and isn't necessarily in breach of sanctions. While it remains out of circulation for now, its presence is looming over the market.The store of oil has the potential to push down global prices if Chinese refiners decide to draw on it, even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies curb production as growth slows in major economies. It also allows Iran to keep pumping and move oil nearer to potential buyers."Iranian oil shipments have been flowing into Chinese bonded storage for some months now, and continue to do so despite increased scrutiny," said Rachel Yew, an analyst at industry consultant FGE in Singapore. "We can see why the producer would want to do so, as a build-up of supplies near key buyers is clearly beneficial for a seller, especially if sanctions are eased at some point."See also: Iranian Oil Tanker Daniel Enters Chinese Port: Ship TrackingThere could be more of the Persian Gulf state's oil headed for China's bonded storage tanks, Bloomberg tanker-track

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Jul 22, 2019

Trump Makes His Peace With Pakistan's Deception
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- When Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Washington this week, he will have the benefit of meeting an American president with a short memory.Just a year and a half ago, Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. "has foolishly given Pakistan 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit." He then announced a suspension of that aid until Pakistan ended its relationship with various terrorist groups.Now Trump is changing his tune. Last week he welcomed Pakistan's arrest of the leader of the terrorist group that went on a four-day killing spree in Mumbai in 2008, despite the fact that he has been arrested and released several times before. Trump tweeted that the arrest was the result of pressure building over the last two years.Some of this change in tone is to recognize the baby steps Islamabad has taken to address longstanding U.S. concerns. Khan's government recently announced that it was investigating the funding of some terrorist groups the U.S. has long accused Pakistan's military intelligence service of sponsoring.Nonetheless, these steps are not nearly enough. Dr. Shakil Afridi, the heroic Pakistani physician who helped the CIA identify Osama bin Laden before the 2011 raid that killed him, remains in a high-security prison. According to recent reports, he is severely underweight.A more powerful reason that Trump is changing his tune is that he needs Pakistan's cooperation for his plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. Since the fall, U.S. special representative Zalmay Khalilzad has been negotiating what he says will be a peace agreement with the Taliban, whereby the group shares power with the elected government in Kab

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Jul 22, 2019

Vigilante Armies Are Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels, but Whose Side Are They Really on?
Jorge Lopez/ReutersFILO DE CABALLOS, Mexico—The assault force rolls through this small mountain town not long after dark. Traveling in a fleet of pick-ups with about 15 men in each truck, they are dressed in pixelated camouflage uniforms and ballistic vests and at first glance they look like official army units, but their weapons give them away. Many of these commandos carry AK-47 model assault rifles, which aren't used by the Mexican armed forces.The logo stamped on the doors of the trucks shows a figure from the Mexican Revolution wearing a sombrero and brandishing a rifle astride a charging horse. Below that are the words Policia Comunitaria, or community police, and a phrase which, roughly translated from Spanish, reads: "Death before surrender or humiliation."The men in the trucks are members of the United Front of Community Police of Guerrero State, better known by its Spanish acronym of FUPCEG. Tonight FUPCEG's shock troops are on their way to assault the nearby town of El Naranjo, which is currently held by the forces of an organized crime group called the Cartel del Sur."We fight to free communities that have been isolated by the criminals," says a squad leader who asks to be identified only as "El Burro" in an interview with The Daily Beast. "Everyone has a right to security. And to economic freedom. Campesinos [small farmers] and their children shouldn't suffer under the rule of bandits," Burro says. "The people of this town have asked us for hel

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Jul 22, 2019

Voice Of America Ignores Reasons For Trump's Criticism Of Rep. Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar, but failed to include most of the reasons for the criticism.VOA wrote "Trump has found his latest target for acerbic ridicule — a hijab-wearing Muslim newcomer to Congress named Ilhan Omar."The news agency mentioned briefly only two instances of Omar's anti-Semitic remarks, referring to one as playing "off tropes questioning the influence of Jewish money in American politics."Trump began tweeting Sunday about how the "‘Progressive' Democrat Congresswomen…should go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it's done."The tweets were likely aimed at Democratic Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.The article explains how Omar is a refugee from Somalia who has worked her way up to become "the first Somali-American Muslim legislator in U.S. history." It also stated that Trump "vilified" Omar and three other congresswomen after he tweeted suggesting they "go back" to their home countries.The article briefly mentions that Omar apologized to some Jewish communities after backlash from both Democrats and Republicans, and that the House of Representatives approved resolutions to "indirectly rebuke Omar."VOA's article avoids giving most of the reasons for Trump's criticism of Omar, but details the aggressive commentary used by Trump in his attacks against her and other congresswomen.Omar has made several anti-Semitic and anti-Israe

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Jul 22, 2019

White man denies saying 'Go back where you came from'
Eric Sparkes showed up during a WSB-TV interview with Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell on Saturday, outside the Atlanta-area Publix store where the incident occurred , the station reported . Thomas confronted Sparkes in front of reporters and said he had "degraded and berated" her. In a tearful Facebook video posted Friday, Thomas said she was in the express line because she is nine months pregnant and cannot stand for long.

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