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Dubai Tests Flying Taxis

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:56:47 -0400

Dubai staged a test flight on Monday for what it said would soon be the world's first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation. The flying taxi developed by German drone firm Volocopter resembles a small, two-seater helicopter cabin topped by a wide hoop studded with 18 propellers. It was unmanned for its maiden test run in a ceremony arranged for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. Meant to fly without remote control guidance and with a maximum flight duration of 30 minutes, it comes with plenty of fail-safes in case of trouble: back-up batteries, rotors and, for a worst case scenario, a couple of parachutes.(image)

In NFL Fight, Trump Embraces Political Correctness

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:58:51 -0400

Cass R. Sunstein: In calling on NFL owners and fans to punish athletes who engage in political protests, President Donald Trump has become a Super Bowl champion of something he purports to oppose: political correctness. Apparently he's fine with punishing dissenters, so long as he abhors what the dissenters are saying. In recent years, many Republicans and conservatives have complained that political correctness -- on university campuses, in workplaces and elsewhere -- can squelch minority opinions and enforce a left-wing orthodoxy. They're right. What they mean is that if those in positions of power punish students, employees and others who dissent from the majority's view, freedom is at risk, and society suffers. ... Like Trump, and many other Americans, I dislike it a lot when athletes refuse to stand for our national anthem. But our commitment to freedom of expression, and our rejection of mandatory conformity, can't depend on whether we agree with the dissenters.(image)

NFL Viewed Trump as a 'Scumbag Huckster'

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:28:50 -0400

President Donald Trump's war with the NFL is big news these days, but he's been waging battles with the league for decades -- when he hasn't been trying to woo it. Over the weekend and into Monday, Trump has railed against NFL players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem to protest oppression of African-Americans in the U.S. Rather than stopping the demonstrations, the president's insults have appeared to unify the league against the commander in chief. Trump has long chased the NFL and the league has, in turn, largely rebuked him. In 1982, the rival United States Football League (USFL) announced it intended to start playing in the spring, outside the NFL season. It was Trump's undying need to get into the NFL that drove the billionaire to buy his way into the upstart league in the '80s, the author said. But the big league wasn't a fan. "They just saw him as this scumbag huckster," Pearlman told Newsweek.(image)

NRO: I Understand Why They Knelt

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:08:54 -0400

David French, National Review: President Trump's call for NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to be fired was a troubling assault on free speech -- and it put the league in an impossible position. Americans do not and should not worship idols. We do not and should not worship the flag. As a nation we stand in respect for the national anthem and stand in respect for the flag not simply because we were born here or because it's our flag. We stand in respect because the flag represents a specific set of values and principles: that all men are created equal and that we are endowed with our Creator with certain unalienable rights.(image)

Collins Opposes Latest Trumpcare Bill

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:07:26 -0400

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a key Republican vote on health care, announced Monday that she will oppose the last-ditch GOP effort to overhaul Obamacare, essentially leaving the bill dead. Republicans, with 52 seats in the Senate, can lose just two votes and still pass the bill introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., intended to bring the bill to the floor for a vote this week before a Sept. 30 deadline for the Senate to act. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas have all said they are against the bill.(image)

How Did Marriage Become a Mark of Privilege?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:57:18 -0400

Marriage, which used to be the default way to form a family in the United States, regardless of income or education, has become yet another part of American life reserved for those who are most privileged. ... Currently, 26 percent of poor adults, 39 percent of working-class adults and 56 percent of middle- and upper-class adults ages 18 to 55 are married, according to a research brief published from two think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute and Opportunity America. ... [Researcher W. Bradford] Wilcox suggests a bigger emphasis in high schools and pop culture on what's known as the success sequence: degree, job, marriage, baby. "The idea is that if people follow that sequence, their odds of landing in poverty are much lower," he said.(image)

Joe Biden's Latest Gig: Curating the News

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:59:38 -0400

Joe Biden wants to discuss the news. The former vice president has launched a new daily podcast-like program called Biden's Briefing in which he shares the articles he's reading. He's partnered with a new startup called Ground Control to create the audible programs, which are between 3 to 15 minutes long. ... "These briefings include a range of thoughts and opinions, some of which I agree with and some I don't, but all of which I think are important to spend some time thinking about," Biden added. Articles are sourced through partnerships with more than a dozen news outlets, including Bloomberg, BuzzFeed and Politico.(image)

Puerto Rico Without Power, Low on Supplies

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:58:15 -0400

From Governor Ricardo Rosselló: "We are U.S. citizens that just a few weeks ago went to the aid of other U.S. citizens even as we're going through out fiscal downturn and as we were hit by another storm ... Now, we've been essentially devastated. Complete destruction of the power infrastructure, severe destruction of the housing infrastructure, food and water are needed. My petition is that we were there once for our brothers and sisters, our other U.S. citizens, now it's time that U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are taken care of adequately, properly." How bad it is 529 words From Manati mayor Jose Sanchez Gonzalez: "Hysteria is starting to spread. The hospital is about to collapse. It's at capacity," he said, crying. "We need someone to help us immediately."(image)

Ivanka Used Private Email for White House Business

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:35:39 -0400

Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and adviser to the president, used a personal email address to communicate with a government official after her father took office, according to documents that the nonprofit American Oversight obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and shared exclusively with Newsweek. The documents show that on February 28, Trump -- identifying herself as Ivanka Kushner -- emailed Linda McMahon, the administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, from a personal domain. At the time, Trump was operating inside the White House in a nonofficial capacity. She wrote that she wanted McMahon's agency and her staff to "explore opportunities to collaborate" on issues related to "women's entrepreneurship." She copied on the correspondence the government email addresses of two other federal employees, Dina Powell and Julie Radford.(image)

Reid: Puerto Rico is Trump's Katrina

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:12:16 -0400

Joy-Ann Reid: As a dam cracked in Puerto Rico, spreading fear across an already devastated island, Donald Trump was in Alabama, calling a black former NFL player a "son-of-a-bitch." During a 90-minute rant that veered from incoherence to the raw belligerence we've come to know in the Age of Trump, the madman who is president went after sidelined NFL quarterback Collin Kaepernick without calling him by name. "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now," Trump growled to wild cheers from the all-white crowd. "He is fired. He's fired!'" ... How will history remember Donald Trump's response to the serial natural disasters that flattened U.S. territories and hemispheric friends in the Caribbean?(image)

Tom Brady: Trump's Comments Were 'Divisive'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:18:38 -0400

Tom Brady said he believes President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players are "divisive" and on Monday said he supports those NFL players who are protesting during the national anthem. "Yeah, I certainly disagree with what (Trump) said. I thought it was just divisive," he told Kirk and Callahan on Boston's WEEI Monday in his most extensive comments on the subject. ... A series of high-profile athletes -- including NBA stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James -- condemned Trump's remarks throughout the weekend, and the President responded in a series of critical tweets. By Sunday, dozens of NFL players were kneeling or locking arms during the national anthem prior to games.(image)

Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:37:18 -0400

Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that may have cost Hillary Clinton's the presidency. The former Democratic congressman from New York had faced up to 27 months in prison on Monday after his guilty plea to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors say he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl using Skype and Snapchat. Weiner's sexting habit destroyed his career in Congress, his campaign for mayor and his marriage to Huma Adedin, a former aide to Clinton. It also became an issue in the closing days of 2016 presidential election when then FBI Director James Comey cited emails discovered on a laptop used by Weiner to justify reopening the probe of Clinton's private computer server.(image)

Why Don't People Use Public Defibrillators?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:33:17 -0400

People are reluctant to use public access defibrillators to treat cardiac arrests, research suggests. Published in the European Heart Journal, the new analysis of existing international studies indicates that a number of factors prevent members of the public from using them and potentially saving lives. ... "Public access defibrillation is very effective in certain cases of cardiac arrest outside of hospital," says Gavin Perkins, professor in critical care medicine at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick.(image)

Man Arrested Near White House with 9 Guns

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:54:27 -0400

A man who was arrested near the White House Sunday morning was found to have nine guns and three knives in his car, according to a police report. The man was initially stopped by law enforcement for allegedly urinating in public. Secret Service Uniform Division officers approached the man outside an art gallery in the area of 17th street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, according to law enforcement sources and arrest records.(image)