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Cruz: GOP May Block Scotus Nominees Indefinitely

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:48:15 -0400

Sen. Ted Cruz indicated that Republicans could seek to block a Democratic president from filling the vacant Supreme Court seat indefinitely. "There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices. I would note, just recently, that Justice [Stephen] Breyer observed that the vacancy is not impacting the ability of the court to do its job. That's a debate that we are going to have," Cruz said. An indefinite GOP blockade of a Supreme Court nominee would almost certainly lead to an erosion in the Senate's super-majority requirement.(image)

Scientists Invent the Perfect Soap Molecule

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:45:28 -0400

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the new Minnesota-based startup company Sironix Renewables.(image)

MLB Commissioner Red-Faced over Indians Logo

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:52 -0400

The belief that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out Chief Wahoo has been completely obliterated during the postseason. The Sambo-like caricature is on the team's caps, uniforms and a lot of other branding. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the logo is considered offensive and will discuss it with team owner Larry Dolan: "I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."(image)

Hillary Now Matching Obama Among Millennials

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:32:18 -0400

A nationwide poll released in mid-September found 44 percent of voters under 35 opting for a third party. A series of other state and national surveys put that figure between 25 and 30 percent -- more than enough to flip (what was then) an increasingly close race. ... After commanding little more than 40 percent of the youth vote for much of her general-election run, [Hillary] Clinton is now on pace to match the 60 percent share Obama won in 2012, according to an enormous new study from the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago.(image)

Women Born Before Suffrage Discuss Hillary

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:23:12 -0400

Estelle Liebow Schultz was born in 1918, two years before women gained the right to vote. When she cast her early vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election this month, Schultz said it was an historic moment. "I felt like a million bucks," Schultz, 98, told ABC News. [Schultz and her granddaughter] recruited two friends, Tom Fields-Meyer and Shawn Fields-Meyer, to create the website I Waited 96 Years. The website features the photos and stories of women like Schultz who were born before the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified in 1920. -- ABC News(image)

Did Trump Rip Off Hurricane Insurer for $17M?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:31:52 -0400

Donald Trump said he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but AP found little evidence of such large-scale damage. Trump's description of extensive damage does not match those of Mar-a-Lago members and even Trump loyalists. In an interview about the estate's history, Trump's longtime former butler, Anthony Senecal, recalled no catastrophic damage. He said Hurricane Wilma, the last of a string of storms that barreled through in 2004 and 2005, flattened trees behind Mar-a-Lago, but the house itself only lost some roof tiles. "That house has never been seriously damaged," said Senecal, discussing Mar-a-Lago's luck with hurricanes. "I was there for all of them." Just over two weeks after Wilma, Trump hosted 370 guests at Mar-a-Lago for the wedding of his son Donald Jr.(image)

U.S. Wins Robot Soccer Tournament

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:30:24 -0400

An American team of robots have defeated their Australian rivals in a game of football to win the RoboCup Challenge after technical problems plagued the Australian side. The University of Texas at Austin's Austin Villa beat the University of New South Wales' Runswift 7-3 during China's World Robot Conference. "The robots are telling each other where they believe the ball is, where they believe that they are on the field, if they've fallen down or not, and then they're also to decide who goes for the ball," explained University of Texas at Austin student Josiah Hanna.(image)

Epic World Series of Poker Battle Over 27-Million Chip Hand

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:36:29 -0400

Poker arguments are definitely on the more entertaining end of the sports fight spectrum. ... We were treated to one at the World Series of Poker when it aired recently, and it was so immensely satisfying. It started when notoriously outspoken British poker player William Kassouf began needling Canadian Griffin Benger while trying to figure out if he should take on Benger or not. Benger didn't like it, so he began defending himself. -- USA Today(image)

Obama Was Right About Republican Extremism

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:32:39 -0400

Brian Beutler, New Republic: It has been a long time since a popular, term-limited president has campaigned vigorously on behalf of his presumptive heir. Bill Clinton famously refrained from campaigning for Al Gore, at Gore's request, and Ronald Reagan was a surprisingly quiet surrogate for George H. W. Bush. Barack Obama, meanwhile, has hit the trail for Hillary Clinton with an elan that recalls his days as a swaggering presidential candidate in 2008. He has become the Democratic nominee's most unvarnished and indispensable champion. Obama's primary goal, of course, is to help Clinton defeat Donald Trump, so as to cement his own legacy. But the president clearly takes extra pleasure campaigning in battleground states against Republicans who didn't consider Trump an affront to the conscience until the GOP nominee's poll numbers tanked.(image)

Trump Invents Police Endorsements That Didn't Happen

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:32:29 -0400

Donald Trump frequently touts his support among law enforcement and military figures. On Monday, he told a Jacksonville TV station that the U.S. military "conceptually" endorsed him and that "virtually every police department" in the country backed his bid for the presidency. During last week's third debate, Trump said his hard-line stance on immigration and pledge to build a border wall had earned him an endorsement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But none of that is true.(image)

Sheriff Arpaio Charged with Federal Crime

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:30:59 -0400

Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has been charged with federal criminal contempt two weeks before he runs for re-election. Arpaio, the 84-year-old sheriff of Maricopa County, has run television ads claiming the Justice Department had plans to prosecute him for his hard-line stance on immigration. If convicted he could be spending six months in jail, an eventuality that has seriously complicated his election prospects. Phoenix taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $72 million defending the sheriff and his office from the charges.(image)

Wendy's Adding Self-Service Kiosks

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:08:19 -0400

Wendy's said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy's President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. In addition to self-order kiosks, the company is also getting ready to move beyond the testing phase with labor-saving mobile ordering and mobile payment available systemwide by the end of the year. Yum Brands and McDonald's already have mobile ordering apps.(image)

Hillary's Plan to Tax the Ultra-Rich

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:42:55 -0400

Where [Hillary] Clinton's plan would have a big impact is on the after-tax incomes of many of the richest people in the country. Here are some numbers from a newly updated analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute: About ninety-two per cent of the Clinton tax increase would fall on the richest one per cent of the population -- people who earn at least $699,000 a year. These high earners would face, on average, a tax increase of $117,760. They would see their after-tax incomes reduced by 7.4 per cent. Nearly two-thirds of the Clinton tax increase would fall on the richest 0.1 per cent of the population -- people with annual incomes greater than $3.75 million. These ultra-high earners would face, on average, a tax increase of about $800,000. They would see their after-tax incomes reduced by 10.8 per cent.(image)

Trump Spends More on Hats Than Polling

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:38:36 -0400

Philip Bump, Washington Post: According to the Federal Election Commission filings, Donald Trump's presidential campaign has spent $1.8 million on polling from June 2015 through September of this year (the most recent month for which data are available). The report also lists $3.2 million spent on hats. Trump has probably spent more on hats than he has spent on direct mail. The campaign filings occasionally aggregate a few things from the same vendor under one line-item, so some of the hat spending was on collateral generally that includes some hats. (His campaign spent more than $2 million on a line-item that was exclusively hats, though.) Overall, Trump's spent about $15.3 million on collateral -- shirts, hats, signs, etc. -- more than he has spent on field consulting and voter lists and data. More on hats than polls and more on collateral than get-out-the-vote tools. The campaign in a nutshell.(image)