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Trump Renews Attacks On Congresswomen Of Color: ‘Let Them Leave’ America

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Greenville, N.C. ― President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on four freshman Democrats in Congress, all women of color, saying that “if they don’t like” America, “let them leave.” “I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Tr...read more

Who Said It: Donald Trump Or A Racist?

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President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm Sunday when he once again said something racist. He told four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the countries from which they came, because they’d had the audacity to criticize his policies. All four of them, not coincidentally, ...read more

House Votes To Hold William Barr And Wilbur Ross In Contempt In Census Dispute

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The House of Representatives voted to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over their refusal to comply with subpoenas related to the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The 230-198 vote is a step toward allowin...read more

House Votes To Table Trump Impeachment Resolution

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The House of Representatives voted to table a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump by a vote of 332-95 on Wednesday ― the latest show of simmering discontent among some Democrats about the refusal of their party’s leadership to challenge the president.  The resolution was offered ...read more

El Chapo’s Prosecution Has Fueled the Drug War in Mexico

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In the bloody churn of the global drug trade, there are no fixed, permanent characters. Cartel leaders are seldom more than temporary players, rising and falling with unfailing predictability as a new cast rushes in to replace them. So it goes even with Joaquin Guzman Loera, the infamous ...read more

Domingo German, the Yankees’ Surprising Ace, Has an Ideally Flawed Mentor

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To become the Yankees’ most improved pitcher this season, and a bulwark in their unsteady starting rotation, Domingo German got technical help from the most obvious authority, the team’s pitching coach. For the bigger picture, though, when he needed personal and professional mentoring, Germa...read more

Angie McMahon: 'I was super-reclusive, now I’m out in the world. Welcome to my anxiety'

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Taking inspiration from losing inspiration is almost its own songwriting genre. A few years back, the Guardian compiled a list of procrastination songs with the help of readers, but it neglected Australia’s back catalogue of apathy and self-doubt, not limited to Courtney Barnett’s Need a Littl...read more

Unions call for George Calombaris to lose MasterChef job after staff underpaid by $7.8m

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Unions have called for George Calombaris to be sacked as a MasterChef judge after it was revealed his companies had underpaid staff at his restaurants by nearly $8m. That figure dwarfed the amount of $2.6m paid to more than 160 people employed by his restaurant empire after it was reveale...read more

Aboriginal woman wins battle to keep baby after six court appearances

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An Aboriginal woman has been allowed to return home with her baby after child protection services in Victoria made six attempts to overturn a court ruling that she was able to properly care for her child. Advocates for the 28-year-old woman, who has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FasD)...read more

Family that refused to pay tax because it was 'against God's will' ordered to pay $2.3m

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A Christian family that refuses to pay rates and taxes because it is “against God’s will” has been ordered to pay $2.3m by the Tasmanian supreme court. Fanny Alida Beerepoot and Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot, who previous owned the Melita honey farm in northern Tasmania, have refused to pa...read more

It's been millennials vs boomers for too long: it's time to start blaming Generation X | Nick Evershed

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It’s time to start blaming Generation X for things. In the generational wars, people are sorted into two separate but equally important groups: millennials (AKA Gen Y) and baby boomers (AKA boomers). Are you a xennial? Take the quiz This has become something of a meme to the point w...read more
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France’s famous Louvre Museum has reportedly scrubbed the Sackler family’s name from its walls, in effect removing any physical trace of its ties to the billionaire family that owns opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma. The art philanthropist family’s name was quietly removed from a major wi...read more

A Border Kept Him From His Daughter. Now He’s Here to Say Goodbye.

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]]> Heydi Gámez Garcia, a 13-year-old from Honduras, waited for her father to join her in the United States. But he was repeatedly stopped at the border. Image He came too late. July 17, 2019 BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — Heydi Gámez Garcia was discovered by her aunt just after m...read more

Iowa Official, 66, Says His Love of Tupac Wasn’t What Got Him Fired

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The timing certainly seemed suspicious. One day last month, Jerry Foxhoven, 66, then the director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services, sent an email celebrating the rapper Tupac Shakur to all 4,300 agency employees. A few days later, he was ordered to resign. Some of his former empl...read more

FaceApp Lets You ‘Age’ a Photo by Decades. Does It Also Violate Your Privacy?

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A developer could not have asked for better publicity. This week, two years after being widely panned for a filter that critics described as little more than “digital blackface,” FaceApp, a photo-altering smartphone app, found itself at the center of a popular social media challenge. A...read more

At a Missouri Jail, Bras Set Off the Metal Detector (and a Heated Debate)

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The metal detector at the Jackson County Detention Center in Kansas City, Mo., beeped repeatedly when Laurie Snell, a lawyer, tried to enter the facility on May 31. She was passing through security on her way to visit a client, but something she was wearing was setting off the detector. S...read more

As Iran vs. West Tensions Rise, So Does Uncertainty Over Prisoners

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A Navy veteran from California seized in Iran a year ago has yet to speak with his mother. A British-Iranian woman held in a Tehran prison since 2016 has been moved to a hospital psychiatric unit, incommunicado with her family. A French-Iranian scholar has been arrested without explanation w...read more

Fighting Next to U.S. Commandos, but Without the Same Training and Gear

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WASHINGTON — The Army has failed to adequately train and equip the military bomb technicians and infantry troops who are increasingly accompanying American commandos on high-risk missions in war zones, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times. As the Pentagon d...read more

'Wizard' hacker charged after financial records of nearly every Bulgarian exposed

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A 20-year-old cybersecurity worker has been arrested in Bulgaria and charged with hacking the personal and financial records of millions of taxpayers, as police continue to investigate the country’s biggest ever data breach. Bulgaria’s NRA tax agency is facing a fine of up to €20m ($22.43...read more

Douglas Hurd warned Major of dangers of UK isolation, papers reveal

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Former foreign secretary Douglas Hurd anticipated a dangerous future of UK isolation caused by “poisonous” internal divisions over the EU and advocated a policy of diplomatic “polygamy”, government documents from a quarter of a century ago reveal. In a prescient, strategic paper released ...read more

Puerto Rico: new protests loom against governor's sexist and homophobic texts

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Puerto Rico is bracing for large demonstrations in the capital city of San Juan on Wednesday evening as the scandal engulfing the US territory’s local administration continues to deepen and the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, vows to hold on to power despite waning support. Tens of th...read more

DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO

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The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and support to close it down. The second biggest Ebola outbreak ever, after the 2014-16 epidemic in west Afr...read more

Boris Johnson has received £500,000 in donations since May

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Boris Johnson has received more than £500,000 in political donations since May, the latest register of MPs’ interests shows, with the Tory leadership frontrunner getting £205,000 in a period of just two weeks. By contrast, his Tory rival to become prime minister, Jeremy Hunt, did not decl...read more

Councils refusing to reveal data of rough sleepers to Home Office

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Local councils in England are refusing to share sensitive personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office over fears it could result in their deportation, the Guardian has learned. A secret programme using homelessness charities to pass rough sleepers’ personal information directly t...read more

Corbyn sacks shadow Brexit minister for ‘Hitler in the bunker’ comment

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Labour’s shadow Brexit ­minister, Dianne Hayter, has been sacked after she likened the “bunker mentality” around Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to the “last days of Hitler”. Lady Hayter, Labour’s deputy leader in the Lords, was stripped of her shadow cabinet position after she attacked Corbyn...read more
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