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Monthly Archives: July 2018

CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Tonight’s Florida Man story involves, as it often does, beer. The Orlando Sentinel reports: Robby Stratton’s beer run may turn out to be more costly than an 18-pack of Busch. He brought an alligator into a Jacksonville convenience store to help him with his purchase. Now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the incident. “They told me …

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Neo-Nazis Rally In Upper Manhattan Park [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: A neo-Nazi hate group held a rally in Fort Tryon park in Inwood on Saturday, waving American flags as well as flags with their organization’s logo, an inverted triangle symbol from Germanic folklore. Photos show a gaggle of bigoted white men parading through the park with a large banner declaring “STOP THE INVASION, END IMMIGRATION,” which they unfurled …

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Federal Court Orders Temporary Block On 3D Gun Plans

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns. Eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the federal government’s settlement with the company that makes the plans available online. They also sought a restraining order, arguing …

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MEXICO: Aeromexico Flight Crashes On Takeoff [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: An Aeromexico plane crashed in the northern state of Durango on Tuesday, television images showed, with the state’s governor saying the accident happened close to an airport. The Mexican airline wrote in a post on Twitter that it was aware of reports of a crash in Durango and was seeking to verify the information and obtain details. Governor …

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Prosecution Calls First Witness In Manafort Trial: Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Chief Campaign Strategist Tad Devine

The Washington Post reports: Tad Devine, who was Bernie Sanders’s chief strategist in the 2016 election, explained to jurors how he came to work with Paul Manafort in Ukraine. He said his then-partner, Mike Donilon, was contacted by Manafort’s then-partner, Richard Gates, in 2005 about working for the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Devine described the …

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Andrew Cuomo Leads Cynthia Nixon 2-1 In New Poll

The New York Post reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a commanding 2-1 lead over rival Cynthia Nixon in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary — but his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, is locked in a surprisingly close race against insurgent Jumaane Williams, according to a poll released Tuesday. Cuomo, who is running for a third term, leads Nixon 60 …

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Rocket Docket: Jury Already Seated In Manafort Trial

Courthouse News reports: A jury has been seated in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax evasion and bank fraud charges. A jury of six men and six women has been sworn in for the trial, and four alternate jurors, three women and one man, have also been selected. Opening arguments will begin later Tuesday afternoon. …

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Sean Hannity Takes Top Spot In July Nielsen Ratings

The Hill reports: Fox News continued its command of the basic cable landscape in July by topping its competition in total viewers, with Sean Hannity leading the way in prime time. Hannity and Tucker Carlson took the top-two spots overall in the cable news ratings race, delivering an average of 3.37 million viewers and 2.70 million viewers respectively in winning …

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Tony Perkins Hails New DOJ Task Force To Promote Hate Groups: “We Are Witnessing The Revival Of Freedom”

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: In the wake of the Obama administration, we are witnessing a revival of freedom! The announcement of the creation of a new Religious Liberty Task Force by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the launch of the next phase of President Trump’s campaign promise to protect the religious freedoms of all Americans. …

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Trump Again Vows Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding: “I Don’t Care What The Political Ramifications Are”

The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Tuesday revived his threat of a government shutdown over the issues of immigration and border security, creating yet another headache for Republican leaders on Capitol Hill who have been marching forward with plans to avert a funding crisis before the November midterms. The threat came one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …

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NEW YORK CITY: Manhattan District Attorney Unveils End To Most Marijuana Arrests Starting Tomorrow

Via press release: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today released the D.A.’s Office’s new policy to decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases, effective tomorrow, August 1. The policy, which is included below, is expected to reduce Manhattan marijuana prosecutions from approximately 5,000 per year to fewer than 200 per year, a 96% reduction. “Every day I …

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Alex Jones Ugly Cries Over Spotify Boycott [VIDEO]

“Everything we did as species, all of our beauty and all of our goodness, will just fail and we’re going to go down the tubes because a bunch of inbred child molesters in Hollywood had some psychotic dream that they wanted to kill everybody. You’ve betrayed your birthright to your family, to everything people did for you, you piss on …

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Senate Dems Introduce LGBTQ “Census Equality Act”

Via press release: Today, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Tom Carper (D-DE), both members of the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Census Equality Act, legislation to require the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the approximately 10 million Americans who identify as LGBTQ are properly counted for and represented in Census data collection efforts. The Census …

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John Kelly Allegedly To Stay In Job Through 2020

CNBC reports: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has committed to remaining in his post through the 2020 election, according to two White House officials. Kelly, who hit his one-year mark in the White House on Monday, had been expected to step aside as early as this summer. But President Donald Trump, who asked Kelly to stay on, has …

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BREAKING: Facebook Identifies “Sophisticated Attempt” To Influence Midterms Via Fake Accounts And Pages

The New York Times reports: Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages that are believed to be engaging in political activity ahead of November’s midterm elections, according to three people briefed on the matter. In a series of briefings on Capitol Hill this week, the company told …

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REPORT: Cuba To Get 248-Room LGBT Resort

According to the Mexican news site ContraMuro.com and Forbes Mexico, a 248-room LGBT resort featuring five bars and three restaurants will open next year on or near (this is unclear) Cuba’s resort island Cayo Guillermo. The “luxurious five-star” hotel is reportedly the project of MGM Mutha Hotels, which currently operates about two dozen resorts in Europe and India, and already …

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ROBBER BARONS: Trump Administration Mulls $100B Unilateral Capital Gains Tax Cut For The Super Wealthy

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in an interview on the sidelines of the Group of 20 …

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Kevin McCarthy Demands Twitter Ban For Independent US House Candidate Who Called Melania A “Hoebag”

Mediaite reports: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called on Twitter to ban a candidate running for Congress who referred to First lady Melania Trump as a “hoebag” in a tweet. The House candidate in question is Mark Roberts, an Independent running to represent Oregon. He has a very bizarre Twitter presence, where he refers to himself as a “superfan” of television …

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Fox News Guest: Radical Ideologues Have Infiltrated Elementary Schools To Teach About Inequality [VIDEO]

“Increasingly, and this is not only the case of universities, people are being taught by ideologues, not by educators. And ideologues have a very simple way of looking at the world. They reduce it to a few principles like inequality and unfairness and power. Those would be the fundamental principles at the moment that are operating on the radical left, …

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Tom Steyer To Spend At Least $110M On Midterms

Politico reports: Tom Steyer has set plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, making the billionaire investor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left and placing him on a path to create a parallel party infrastructure with polling, analytics and staffing capabilities that stand to shape and define the issues the party runs on in …

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