Politics

BRITAIN: Man Fined £350 For Milkshaking Nigel Farage

The BBC reports: A man who hurled milkshake over Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been ordered to pay him compensation. Mr Farage had given a speech on 20 May in Newcastle before the European elections when he was attacked. Paul Crowther, 32, of Holeyn Road, Throckley, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill Granting Undocumented Immigrants Right To Driver’s License

CBS News reports: On Monday, the New York Senate passed the “Green Light Bill,” which is designed to give undocumented immigrants the right to a driver’s license. Last week, the Assembly passed the bill, which had the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. CBS New York reports Cuomo signed the bill into law overnight, making New York the 13th state in …

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Merkel Blames Dehydration After Shaking Fit [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking Tuesday as she greeted the new Ukrainian leader in the hot sun in Berlin, saying later that she clearly hadn’t drunk enough water. Merkel’s whole body visibly shook and she pursed her lips as she tried to contain the situation as she stood with Ukrainian President …

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UN Projects World Population Of 11 Billion By Year 2100

Just in from the United Nations: “The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” estimates that the next 30 years will see the global population add an extra 2 billion people to today’s figure of 7.7 billion, and, by the end of the century, the planet will have to sustain around 11 billion. India is expected to show the highest population increase …

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EGYPT: Ousted President Collapses And Dies In Court

The New York Times reports: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, died in an Egyptian courtroom on Monday, Egyptian state television reported. Mr. Morsi, 67, won Egypt’s first free presidential election in 2012. The military dissolved Parliament later that year and ousted Mr. Morsi in 2013. He was on trial on espionage charges when he fainted and died, Egyptian …

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Dallas To Pay $650,000 For Banning Porn Convention

Courthouse News reports: The Dallas City Council approved a $650,000 settlement Wednesday of a free-speech lawsuit filed by a pornography convention organizer that was kicked out the city-owned convention center three years ago on moral grounds. The 15-member council unanimously approved the settlement without debate. Interim City Attorney Christopher J. Caso told the council before the vote that “it is …

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Pompeo Blames Iran For Attack On Oil Tankers [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that intelligence reviewed by American officials showed that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a critical waterway for the transit of much of the world’s petroleum. Mr. Pompeo did not present any evidence of Iran’s involvement when announcing the findings. …

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Dem House Rep Calls GOP Reps “Sex-Starved Males” During Debate On Public Health Spending Bill [VIDEO]

Roll Call reports: A routine House debate nearly exploded Wednesday when California Democrat Norma J. Torres implied her Republican colleagues were “sex-starved males” for opposing abortion. “Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman’s right to choose,” Torres said as lawmakers debated a rule setting up amendment consideration for …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu’s Wife Pleads Guilty In Fraud Case

The New York Times reports: Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, accepted a plea bargain on Wednesday morning and will pay about $15,000 in fines and restitution to settle accusations that she misused about $100,000 in public funds in managing the couple’s official residence. Prosecutors said that Ms. Netanyahu, whom they charged with fraud, had …

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GOP Rep. Greg Pence Charged His Campaign For Stays At Trump Hotel, Edited Filings After Being Called Out

USA Today reports: Greg Pence, a freshman congressman and brother of Vice President Mike Pence, reported spending more than $7,600 in campaign funds on lodging at the Trump International Hotel in the first few months after his election in November, although lawmakers are supposed to pay for their own housing in Washington. After USA TODAY asked about the expenses included …

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Bernie: Trump Believes In Socialism For The Wealthy

The Associated Press reports: Seeking to rebut President Donald Trump’s attempts to cast him and Democrats as too liberal, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to give a speech Wednesday on democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career. “We now have a president who is attacking me and others because we believe in democratic socialism,” Sanders said …

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Canada To Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021 [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports: Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday, declaring it a “global challenge” to phase out the bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world’s oceans. “I am very pleased to announce that as early as 2021 Canada will ban harmful, single-use plastics from coast to coast,” Trudeau said, arguing Canada has …

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Hillary Clinton’s Brother Tony Rodham Dies At Age 65

CNN reports: Hillary Clinton’s youngest brother Tony Rodham died Friday night, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate announced Saturday on Twitter. Rodham, 64, is survived by wife Megan Madden and his three children: Zachary, Simon and Fiona. He was previously married to former Sen. Barbara Boxer’s daughter, Nicole Boxer. Rodham worked for the Democratic National Committee during the 1992 presidential election …

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WISCONSIN: Dem Gov Flies Rainbow Flag Over Capitol For First Time, GOP State Rep Rants “This Is Divisive”

Madison’s Capital Times reports: In a gesture that would have been unthinkable a year ago, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Friday ordered a rainbow flag to fly above the state Capitol for the first time ever to mark Pride Month. One Republican state lawmaker responded with a tweet that appeared to question the move on religious grounds. “Is this any more …

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POLL: 77% Say SCOTUS Should Uphold Roe v Wade

NPR reports: More than three-quarters of Americans say they believe Roe v. Wade should be upheld, but a strong majority say they would like to see restrictions added to the ruling too, according to a new poll. An NPR/Marist poll released Friday found that 77 percent of respondents said the Supreme Court should uphold the landmark decision that established a …

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Brad Pitt Warns Straight Pride: Stop Using My Image

TMZ reports: Brad Pitt is no mascot, but ESPECIALLY not for the notorious upcoming Straight Pride Parade and he’s doing what he can to put a stop to the idiocy. Currently, their website claims this community has adopted Pitt as its mascot, and congratulates him for being “the face of this important civil rights movement.” Sources close to Brad tell …

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NEW YORK: Legislators Pass Ban On Declawing Cats

The New York Times reports: New York lawmakers on Tuesday passed a ban on cat declawing, putting the state on the cusp of being the first to outlaw the procedure. The bill, which had been fought for several years by some veterinary groups, would outlaw several types of declawing surgeries except in cases of medical necessity, and forbid any such …

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VIRGINIA: Governor Calls Legislature Back For Special Session On Gun Control After Latest Mass Shooting

The Associated Press reports: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Northam, a Democrat confronted with a Republican-controlled General Assembly in the middle of an election year, also …

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China Warns Against US Travel Due To Shootings

Axios reports: China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a travel advisory, warning citizens against traveling to the U.S., effective until December 31, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. “Noting the frequent occurrence of shootings, robberies and theft in the United States recently, the ministry warned Chinese tourists to fully assess the risks of traveling there,” the news agency …

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House Panel To Vote On Contempt Charge For Bill Barr And Wilbur Ross For Defying Subpoenas On Census

Talking Points Memo reports: The House Oversight Committee will vote to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in civil contempt for their defiance of subpoenas in the committee’s Census citizenship question investigation. Chairman Elijah Cummings sent Barr and Ross letters Monday informing them the committee was scheduling the contempt vote. The letters give the two officials …

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