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McConnell Undergoes Shoulder Surgery After Falling

CNN reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell underwent surgery Thursday in Kentucky related to a shoulder fracture he suffered earlier this month. “Senator McConnell had successful surgery yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky to repair a fracture in his shoulder. The surgery was performed without incident, and the Leader is grateful to the surgical team for their skill,” McConnell’s spokesman David Popp …

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70,000+ Sign Petition To Rename Stretch Of Fifth Ave In Front Of Trump Tower In Honor Of Barack Obama

Newsweek reports: More than 70,000 people have signed onto a petition that seeks to rename the portion of Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan after former President Obama. “The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the online …

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TUNISIA: Gay Lawyer Launches Campaign For President

France 24 reports: For the first time, an openly gay candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for a presidential election in Tunisia. Mounir Baatour heads the country’s main LGBT rights group. His bid marks a test for post-revolutionary Tunisia’s fledgling democracy. Baatour, a lawyer at Tunisia’s highest court and the president of Shams, a group seeking the decriminalisation …

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Protesters Close Hong Kong Airport For Second Day, China Vows To Punish Violence “Without Mercy” [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Flight check-in has been suspended at Hong Kong International Airport for a second consecutive day because of anti-government protests. The airport, which is one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of daily protests since Friday. Videos on social media show passengers struggling to get through demonstrators, who have been sitting inside blocking departures. The city’s …

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US House Members Demand Epstein Suicide Probe

The Hill reports: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) led public calls Saturday demanding answers after disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell due to an apparent suicide. “We need answers. Lots of them,” Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted. Many immediately began questioning the details surrounding his death after …

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Man Arrested For Threats Against Bernie Sanders Rally

The Long Beach Post reports: A Huntington Park man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly making online threats against a Bernie Sanders rally in Long Beach, officials said Tuesday. Jose Rafael Guzman, 27, allegedly made criminal threats and threatened a police officer on Sunday. He was arrested on Monday, Long Beach police said. Police did not elaborate about the …

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I DO DECLARE: #LeningradLindsey Hits #1 Nationwide

The left is getting better at quickly weaponizing hashtags. The hashtag #LeningradLindsey trended on Twitter Thursday after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) forced a controversial asylum bill through committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a bill to overhaul U.S. asylum laws, waiving committee rules to force the bill through to the full Senate, where it likely won’t get the …

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CALIFORNIA: Condom Possession Can’t Be Used As Evidence Of Prostitution Under Law Signed By Gov

The Sacramento Bee reports: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation today that prohibits condoms as evidence of prostitution when prosecuting someone for sex work crimes. Sex workers are also protected under the new law from arrest when they report rape and other serious felonies. The legislation will therefore prevent “sex workers who report violent felonies from being treated as a criminal …

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Senate Votes To Lift Debt Ceiling For Next Two Years

CNBC reports: The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to raise the U.S. budget and lift the debt ceiling for the next two years. The spending deal now heads to the Oval Office to be signed by President Donald Trump. The legislation passed 67-28, with 23 Republicans and five Democrats voting against the bill. Its passage in Congress — shortly …

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Former Iowa Official Fired In Tupac Flap To Sue State

The Associated Press reports: The ousted Iowa Department of Human Services director will pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit, alleging he was let go after objecting to a pay arrangement for the governor’s deputy chief of staff, his lawyer said Wednesday. Jerry Foxhoven, a 67-year-old legal scholar known for his frequent workplace praise of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, will file …

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Federal Reserve: There Are Now More $100 Bills In Circulation Than $1 Bills (And Most Are Held Overseas)

The International Monetary Fund reports: A curious thing recently happened in US currency: in 2017 the $100 bill overtook the ubiquitous $1 bill in circulation volume, for the first time in history. In other words, the most valuable US banknote became the most widely circulated. (The $20 bill is in third place.) According to the Federal Reserve, there are more …

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Justin Trudeau Drops In At Vancouver Gay Bar [VIDEO]

Vancouver’s City News reports: It may have been the first time a sitting Prime Minister has visited a gay bar. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped in for a beer at the Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver’s West End early Monday evening. NEWS 1130’s Taran Parmar was there. “We’re kicking off pride week here in Vancouver — that’s definitely one way to …

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New York State Further Decriminalizes Marijuana Use

The Albany Times-Union reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday that further decriminalizes marijuana use in New York. The bill was introduced by Democrats in the waning hours of the recent legislative session after it became clear that full legalization of recreational use would not happen this year. It was seen as a compromise between parties who were opposed to …

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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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