Politics

BRAZIL: Amazonian Rain Forest Loss Accelerates After Bolsonaro Allows Exploitation By Logging And Mining

The New York Times reports: While campaigning for president last year, Mr. Bolsonaro declared that Brazil’s vast protected lands were an obstacle to economic growth and promised to open them up to commercial exploitation. Seven months into his term, that is already happening. Brazil’s part of the Amazon has lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover since Mr. …

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TEXAS: Wind Power Output Passes Coal For First Time

NPR reports: For the first time ever, wind has surpassed coal as an energy source in Texas. Data released this month by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas shows wind created 22 percent of the electricity used in the first half of the year, edging out coal by 1%. Texas is the largest consumer of coal in the country, according …

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LIVE VIDEO: Mueller Testifies Before House Committee

CNN reports: Robert Mueller arrives on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning for the most highly anticipated hearings so far of this presidency, with the potential to reset the narrative about his two-year investigation into President Donald Trump. After weeks of negotiations, twists and turns over Mueller’s appearance and a pair of subpoenas, the former special counsel will testify publicly at 8:30 …

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Notorious RBG Opposes Adding More SCOTUS Justices

NPR reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in an interview Tuesday that she does not favor proposals put forth by some Democratic presidential candidates who have advocated changing the number of Supreme Court justices if the Democrats win the presidency. “Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” she said, adding, “I think …

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PUERTO RICO: Massive Protests Against Gov Continue

The Associated Press reports: Waving flags, chanting and banging pots and pans, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans jammed a highway Monday to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a crisis triggered by a leak of offensive, obscenity-laden chat messages between him and his advisers. The demonstration appeared to be the biggest protest on the island in nearly …

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LOUISIANA: Local Cop Says AOC Deserves To Be Shot

The New Orleans Advocate reports: A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “vile idiot” who “needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” The comment, which alludes to the freshman Democrat’s past work as a NYC bartender while apparently saying she should …

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Germany’s Merkel Backs “The Squad” Over Trump: I Stand In Solidarity With The Women He Has Attacked

CNN reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that US President Donald Trump’s racist comments about four Democratic Congresswomen “undermine America’s strength” and that she stands in “solidarity” with the women. Speaking at her annual news conference in Berlin, Merkel said: “I distance myself from this decidedly and stand in solidarity with the women who were attacked.” She added that …

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PHILADELPHIA: 13 Cops Fired For Racist And Anti-Gay Facebook Posts, Many Others To Be Suspended [VIDEO]

Philadelphia’s NBC News affiliate reports: At least 13 Philadelphia police officers will be fired as a result of racist, homophobic and violent social media posts revealed last month by the Plain View Project, Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Thursday. These officers were found to be the worst offenders among 328 local cops identified in the project’s national database. One of …

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Alan Dershowitz Claims The New Yorker Is Readying “Hit Piece” On Accusations About Underage Sex

Raw Story reports: Trump-defending attorney Alan Dershowitz has written an op-ed for right-wing publication Newsmax that reveals the New Yorker is working on an expose about him and women who have accused him of having sex with them when they were under 18 years old. In the op-ed, Dershowitz accuses New Yorker editor David Remnick of commissioning “a hit piece …

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Poll: Michelle Obama Is World’s Most Admired Woman

From a survey released today by YouGuv: Michelle Obama has supplanted Angelina Jolie as the world’s most admired woman, according to YouGov’s annual study of which public figures the people of our planet look up to. In fact, the American actress, filmmaker and humanitarian has fallen from first place last year to third place this year, with US talk show …

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IOWA: Top State Official Ousted In Bizarre Tupac Flap

The Associated Press reports: The director of Iowa’s social services agency was a huge fan of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and he frequently let his subordinates know it. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven routinely sent messages to employees lauding Shakur’s music and lyrics even after at least one …

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Former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens Dies At 99

USA Today reports: John Paul Stevens, the second oldest and third longest-serving Supreme Court justice in history and a Republican president’s nominee who went on to lead the court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday at the age of 99. Stevens died in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., of complications from a stroke he suffered on Monday, according to a press release. For 35 …

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New York Now 17th State To Raise Smoking Age To 21

Albany’s NBC News affiliate reports: The smoking age in New York state is going from 18 to 21. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday to raise the age to buy both tobacco and e-cigarettes. It takes effect in 120 days. Sixteen states have approved raising the smoking age to 21, though in some the changes won’t take effect until …

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GEORGIA: Joe Lieberman’s Son Mulls US Senate Bid

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson waited until May 1 to make her formal entry, delayed in part by Stacey Abrams’ deliberations about her future. Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry jumped in last week, promising to carry the progressive flag. But now we’re hearing of another potential contender who could further diversify the Democratic field. Matt Lieberman is …

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PUERTO RICO: Governor Under Fire To Resign After Leaked Chat Shows Homophobic Slurs, Death Threat

CBS News reports: There are new calls this morning for the governor of Puerto Rico to resign, after leaked conversations reveal his part in a profane and derogatory group chat. The island has struggled to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, and Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s administration has been plagued by scandals involving funding. Two of Rosselló’s top officials stepped down …

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MISSISSIPPI: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Demands Male Chaperone For Female Reporter Because Optics

Larrison Campbell writes for Mississippi Today: Bill Waller, a former state supreme court chief justice, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves agreed to ride alongs with Mississippi Today reporter Adam Ganucheau. The other candidate — state Rep. Robert Foster, R-Hernando — declined, however, because I am a woman. In two phone calls this week, Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, said a …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu’s Education Minister Says American Jews Marrying Non-Jews Is “Like A Second Holocaust”

Axios reports: Israel’s newly appointed minister of education, Rafi Peretz, said at a cabinet meeting on July 1 that the rate of intermarriage among U.S. Jews is “like a second Holocaust,” according to three people who were in the room. Peretz, a former chief rabbi of the Israeli army, is the leader of a bloc of ultra right-wing religious parties. …

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Former Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Dead At 89

The Dallas Morning News reports: Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia. He was 89. Many Americans knew Perot because of his two third-party runs at the presidency in 1992 and 1996. They knew his high-pitched twang thanks to Dana Carvey skits on Saturday Night Live. …

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Bill Clinton Disavows Knowledge Of Epstein’s Crimes

USA Today reports: A spokesman for former President Bill Clinton said Monday that Clinton “knows nothing” about Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes after the billionaire financier pleaded not guilty to sex-trafficking charges in Manhattan federal court. “President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been …

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Feds Unseal New Sex Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein

The Washington Post reports: Federal prosecutors on Monday unsealed new sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein, alleging the politically connected multimillionaire abused dozens of female minors at his Manhattan and Florida homes. Epstein — who was arrested over the weekend and is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan — had previously pleaded guilty to Florida state charges of …

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