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Trump Calls Sessions 'Beleagured' in Tweet Rant

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:39:51 -0400

President Trump this morning called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "beleaguered" after criticizing him in a recent interview with The New York Times. ... "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Trump wrote, referring to his Democratic opponent in last year's presidential election, Hillary Clinton. ... Sessions was one of Trump's earliest supporters during the campaign, but Trump continues to air his frustrations with Sessions. Trump told The New York Times last Wednesday that he would not have appointed Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.(image)

Trump Parrots Putin on Russian Hacker Skillz

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:37:29 -0400

The New York Times reported yesterday that when Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin recently met in Germany, the American president was impressed by an argument from his Russian counterpart: "Moscow's cyberoperators are so good at covert computer-network operations that if they had dipped into the Democratic National Committee's systems, they would not have been caught." In a rather literal sense, the White House has adopted Putin's talking points. Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's new communications director, echoed the line on CNN yesterday: "You know, somebody said to me yesterday -- I won't tell you who -- that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those emails, you would have never seen it. You would have never had any evidence of them, meaning that they're super confident in their deception skills and hacking."(image)

Personal Bankruptcies Down 50% Over 6 Years

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:33:01 -0400

Personal bankruptcy filings are down 50 percent over the past six years. Some of that decline is due to the Affordable Care Act. Consumer Reports is out with a new analysis that looks at how the ACA may have helped millions of Americans from taking the extreme step of filing for bankruptcy. Courts never ask people why they are filing, but many bankruptcy and legal experts Consumer Reports spoke with agree that medical bills had been a leading cause of personal bankruptcy before health insurance expanded under the ACA. Medical bills are often unexpected and large and unavoidable, so people who don't have insurance can run up massive debt in a relatively short period of time.(image)

Trump's DOJ Gears Up for Marijuana Crackdown

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:33:18 -0400

President Trump's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant. "Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the department's overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with administration goals and priorities," he wrote. Criminal justice reform advocates fear Sessions's memo signals stricter enforcement is ahead. "The task force revolves around reducing violent crime and Sessions and other DOJ officials have been out there over the last month and explicitly the last couple of weeks talking about how immigration and marijuana increases violent crime," said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center's Justice Program.(image)

Kushner Will Deny Colluding with Russia

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:26:43 -0400

Congressional investigators probing Russia's meddling in the U.S. election will have their first opportunity this week to hear from someone in President Donald Trump's innermost circle: son-in-law Jared Kushner. ... [An] 11-page statement provided to The Associated Press by a representative Monday details four contacts with Russians during Trump's campaign and transition. Kushner plans to deliver the statement during closed-door meetings with investigators on Senate and House committees this week. ... "No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted," Kushner's statement says.(image)

Scaramucci Ripped Trump Many Times on Twitter

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:41:42 -0400

Earlier Friday, New York financier and entrepreneur Anthony Scaramucci was appointed the new White House communications director. Much like the early days of Sean Spicer -- may he rest in peace -- folks, us included, were quick to follow and note Scaramucci's Twitter presence. Notably, the Mooch is among the most prominent White House members of #TeamFollowBack: He follows an absurd 168,000 people (including yours truly). Maybe more to the point: His feed is filled with tweets that directly disagree with the president. He has since deleted a few of them, namely ones that blatantly criticized President Trump, but for the most part, Scaramucci's Twitter remains a museum full of relics that seem to fly in the face of key tenets of the Trump administration.(image)

Contest Winner Disqualified for Supporting Trump

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:06:21 -0400

Gypsy Freeman was declared the winner of an Instagram contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty. When Freeman was announced as the winner, curious Instagrammers went to her page and found a pro-Trump post from Election Day last year. That evening, she received a direct message from Kat Von D's personal Instagram account, telling her the celebrity had "drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man," according to screenshots of the conversation. "My launch party [and my brand] celebrates many things that Trump is against," the celebrity went on to say, according to the screenshots. "And I just need you to know that I personally have a hard time with inviting anyone who would support such an anti-feminist, anti-homosexual/LGBT, anti-immigrant, and anti-climate change fascist such as Trump."(image)

Scaramucci: Trump Still Rejects US Intel on Russia

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:30:49 -0400

Newly minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that President Donald Trump still does not accept the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election. "He basically said to me, 'Hey you know, this is, maybe they did it, maybe they didn't do it,'" Scaramucci said of a recent conversation he'd had with the President about alleged Russian interference. Prior to Trump's inauguration, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an unclassified report showing the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency all concluded the Russian government attempted to influence the election to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Trump.(image)

NBC Launches News Show on Snapchat

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 15:03:41 -0400

Comcast Corp's NBC News is launching a twice-per-day news show on Snapchat, the company said on Wednesday, as part of its push to attract younger viewers who tend to watch TV on mobile devices. ... Broadcast news outlets like NBC News face an aging audience. The median age of NBC Nightly News, for example, is 64 years old, according to the Nielsen ratings agency. That is much older than the 18-to-34-year-old demographic that advertisers covet. ... Stay Tuned will focus on issues of the day and will air at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT on weekdays and 1 p.m. EDT on weekends. The show will also air for specific breaking news events.(image)

Felon Named 'Fellony' Charged with Felonies

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:30:58 -0400

Fellony Hudson, a 22-year-old man from Salem, Oregon, is accused of felony kidnapping, felony eluding, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and nearly a handful of misdemeanors after being pursued by police across state lines. According to his criminal record, he has been convicted of at least four felonies in Washington. Records also show that he told jail staff he is transient, or has no permanent address.(image)

Bike Path Will Run from Maine to Florida

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:34:49 -0400

As lawmakers grapple with how to fix the country's crumbling roads, bridges, and dams, local governments are quietly at work on the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile, mostly car-free bike path through 15 states. That path, once complete, will connect Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida, which Dennis Markatos-Soriano, executive director of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the nonprofit running the project, calls "the moose to the manatee." ... It costs about $1 million a mile to build, the organization says, and the pavement can support touring bikes.(image)

Jane Austen on British 10-Pound Note

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:13:19 -0400

Two hundred years to the day after Jane Austen died, a new 10-pound note featuring an image of one of England's most revered authors has been unveiled -- right where she was buried. ... Apart from Queen Elizabeth II, whose portrait is on all British currency, Austen is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British bank note, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry. She was chosen after a campaign for more female representation.(image)

Al Gore Calls for Single-Payer Health Care

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:49:54 -0400

Al Gore called for single-payer health care on Tuesday, one day after a revolt by GOP senators dashed Republican hopes of passing a bill to repeal Obamacare. Speaking at an event to promote his new climate change documentary, the former vice president said health insurance companies have failed to offer cost-effective coverage, even under the Affordable Care Act. A government-run, single-payer system would provide taxpayer-funded basic health care coverage for everyone. "The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable health care for all," Gore told a packed auditorium at Borough of Manhattan Community College. "I believe we ought to have single-payer health care."(image)

Starbucks, King of Corporate Claptrap

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:36:31 -0400

After being called out by Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway for producing so much meaningless corporate jargon, Starbucks company executive Simon Redfern embraced the accusation in his response: "The challenge is -- we just don't see the issue. Ms. Kellaway says 'tomato' and we say 'sun-dried optimized natural product driving positive consumer sentiment if served on organic rye.' Ms. Kellaway says 'potato' and we say 'waxy-skinned tuber with a satisfying mouthfeel when fried or boiled.' Surely there is no difference." Kellaway has conceded defeat in her long battle against "corporate claptrap" and is quitting her column to become a teacher.(image)