July 24, 2016

Syrian refugee's trek from Colombia to Texas stalls in limbo

PEARSALL, Texas (AP) - To reach the U.S. and claim asylum, all Maissoun Hanaa Halawi had to do was cross a continent by foot.

Her one choice: Traverse the remote, roadless, impenetrable Darien Gap, a 10,000-square-mile tropical forest and swampland along the border of Colombia and Panama that separates the ...

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Leaked Emails Show DNC Officials Planned Anti-Trump Protests

'TV coverage of protest great'

Via: The Daily Caller

Recasting Silicon Valley's role in society

modern building and technological interface, abstract image visual At Bloomberg's recent technology confab in San Francisco, Marc Andreessen offered a vision for entrepreneurship, defining it as the ability to see how the world potentially could be, then inventing what is needed to change it. Herein lies the dilemma for Silicon Valley: The same questions that spur its entrepreneurs to remake the world are often the same questions that lead it into conflict. Read More

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July 23, 2016

The NBA enters the bathroom wars

(Paul Mirengoff) The 2017 NBA all-star game, which was scheduled to be played in Charlotte, will be played elsewhere. The league is moving the game to protest a North Carolina law. That law, among other things, nullified a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses to allow transgender individuals who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificate to use restrooms based on their own gender

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Mercers Say They Are Disappointed Cruz Didn't Back Trump

Robert and Rebekah Mercer say they are "profoundly disappointed" Ted Cruz disregarded his pledge to support the candidacy of the nominee of the Republican Party, according to an e-mailed statement. We need "all hands on deck" to ensure Trump prevails: statement Cruz "has chosen to remain in his bunk below, a decision both regrettable and revealing," statement says NOTE: Cruz Booed Off Stage by Trump Backers as Party Unity Is Elusive

Source: Bloomberg Politics

With All Due Respect: Best of the Week (07/23/16)

Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann present some of the biggest moments from the political week that was on "With All Due Respect."

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Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

Aerial view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and the Griffith Park Observatory just after sunrise during the golden hour It wasn't so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon. Los Angeles didn't have much in terms of a real tech scene — and even San Francisco only had a few VCs or tech companies. Now, VC offices have sprung up in San Francisco, moving more of the investment energy up there. That great migration of companies and activity touches upon what is now… Read More

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BBC Censors Munich Murderer's Name

(John Hinderaker) The Munich massacre was carried out by 18-year-old Ali Sonboly. While the murder spree had no apparent connection to Muslim ideology, the BBC didn't take any chances. As Raheem Kassam of Breitbart News documents, the BBC doggedly referred to the killer as "David Sonboly," David being his middle name: The BBC has unilaterally chosen not to report the Munich attacker's full name, in what appears to be an attempt to

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Immigration activist accuses Heck staffer of assault

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas immigration activist is alleging a member of Republican Senate candidate Rep. Joe Heck's staff assaulted her as she filmed him leaving an appearance.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2akrqiX) that Viridiana Vidal filed a police report against Keith Hughes, accusing him of pushing ...

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This Is How Badly Terry McAuliffe Wants Felons To Vote

Will sign 13,000 individual orders

Via: The Daily Caller

Let's meet in Chicago for a mini-meetup

chicago I'll be in Chicago this week and I'd love to meet some startups. I'm thinking about holding a micro-mini-meetup on Tuesday, July 26 at a location to be determined. Here's what I need from you all: Email or tweet me with recommendations where we can meet. I like to just hang out in bars but I could do a co-working space. I know there are a few in town but I've… Read More

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Trump Says He Prevented Cruz Being 'Ripped' Off Stage

The Republican presidential nominee said he prevented Cruz from being "ripped" off the stage by entering Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena as hundreds of angry delegates lashed out.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Effort to abolish superdelegates fails at DNC rules meeting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An effort to fully eliminate superdelegates in future elections failed at a meeting of the Democratic National Convention rules committee Saturday.

At the gathering in a Philadelphia conference room, a delegate for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders offered an amendment to get rid of superdelegates — party insiders ...

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Dems To Vote On Whether To Abolish Superdelegates On Convention Floor For 2020 Election

'The top down idea of superdelegates is obsolete and is a good place to start'

Via: The Daily Caller

Building as a modular gadget

lego architecture Researchers and companies have been exploring new ways to improve buildings through analytics software, prefabrication, connected devices, new materials and construction automation. It's striking that most of these efforts are trying to patch problems within the legacy framework of "permanent" construction. Could it be that the one thing that is taken for granted is the… Read More

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On Violence, Obama Obfuscates As Usual

(John Hinderaker) As Paul noted earlier, Democratic critics have unanimously painted Donald Trump's acceptance speech as "dark." (I'm a little surprised they didn't also say, in unison, that as he approached the podium he was lithe and fierce like a tiger.) President Obama commented on Trump's speech yesterday in a joint appearance with Mexico's president, Peña Nieto. Asked about Trump's speech, Obama responded with his trademark dishonesty. I think it is important

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Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton Is the Direct Opposite of Donald Trump

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton introduced her running mate Tim Kaine at a campaign event in Miami, Florida, on Saturday. The Virginia senator praised Hillary as tough and compassionate. "That's why I'm with her," he said.

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Kabul Attack, 80 Dead

KABUL (Reuters) - Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State.

Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies lying on the bloodied road, close to where thousands of Hazara had been demonstrating over the route of a planned multi-million-dollar power line.

"Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency.

The post Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Kabul Attack, 80 Dead appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Jake Tapper, CNN anchor, chides Obama surrogates for 'mocking the fears of Americans'

CNN's Jake Tapper warned President Obama's former campaign manager and other members of his administration that they appeared politically tone deaf in their mockery of Donald Trump.

David Plouffe tweeted, "Was surprised to see the sun and hear the birds this morning. Thought death and destruction were imminent," on Thursday ...

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Bernie Sanders' Anti-Oil Supporters Probably Won't Like Clinton's VP Pick

'We still have a ton of work and convincing for both Clinton and Kaine on natural gas'

Via: The Daily Caller

NASA releases new video showing the globe age one year

EPIC storms Pacific ocean Last year around this time, NASA released the first image of Earth taken by the EPIC camera on the DSCOVR satellite. Since then, that camera has captured a full year of our planet from its location at Lagrange Point 1 about one million miles away. Compiling over 3,000 images, NASA put together a video showing a sunlit Earth age one full year.   EPIC takes at least one set of images… Read More

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Clinton-Kaine Ticket, in First Rally, Repudiate Trump's Dark Vision of U.S.

Clinton, Kaine display chemistry in appearance in Miami.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Gun rights group offers free shooting lesson to 500 women

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area gun rights advocacy group plans to provide a free shooting lesson to 500 women interested in firearms training and personal protection.

The Legally Armed in Detroit event is scheduled July 31 at the Top Gun Sports Range in Taylor.

Firearms trainer Rick Ector says ...

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Analysis: Solar Power Isn't Linked To Falling CO2 Emissions

No statistically significant correlation.

Via: The Daily Caller

The assimilation of robots into the workforce as peers, not replacements

robot handshake One might ask why we would ever want to create robots that can do human work when we have so many people who need jobs. The goal of robotics should not be to replace humans with robots, but rather to improve productivity and safety, removing humans from harm's way and enabling them to focus on things that humans should be doing. Read More

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Kaine Is 'A Progressive Who Likes to Get Things Done': Clinton

Hillary Clinton, introducing her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, says "he is qualified to step into this job and lead on day one." Kaine, a member of Senate's Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, says servicemembers "deserve a commander in chief with the experience and temperament to lead" Says Donald Trump would abandon allies to Russia "When Donald Trump has your back you better watch out" "He leaves a trail of broken promises and wrecked lives wherever he goes" Kaine delivers portion

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The Rangel angle

(Scott Johnson) I'm winding up my week at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa tomorrow and I'm not looking forward to leaving. It's located at the Trump National Doral Miami. The weather has been accommodating. I've learned a lot. Indeed, I think I've become a true believer in the gospel according to Pritikin. I've wanted to do this for a long time, going back to the days when the program was based

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Joy Reid: Progressives Disappointed at Kaine Pick, Democrats Should Be Concerned

The post Joy Reid: Progressives Disappointed at Kaine Pick, Democrats Should Be Concerned appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Ethics panel asked whether it's OK to treat judges to dinner

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The State Ethics Commission is weighing whether it's ethically OK for a group of lawyers to arrange a special dinner for the judges of on-the-job injury claims.

The state Association for Justice sought an advisory opinion in advance of its annual conference next month on Hilton ...

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Elon Musk Makes Self-Driving Machines — Yet Fears A Possible Robot Takeover

launched a $1 billion pledge last year to make robots that won't hurt people'

Via: The Daily Caller

Gansler says he's being asked to run for Maryland governor

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former attorney general Doug Gansler says he's being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Gansler tells The Baltimore Sun he's being asked to run "pretty much every day." Gansler says Democrats are "looking around for the most viable candidate to ...

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Court Docs: Rolling Stone Author Was Too Lazy To Fix Bogus Gang Rape Article

'Rewriting the whole story was so much work'

Via: The Daily Caller

Gun rights activists to rally at Massachusetts Statehouse

BOSTON (AP) - Gun rights advocates are planning to rally outside the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey's crackdown on the sale and manufacture of what she's called copycat assault weapons.

The rally is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Healey on Wednesday sent an enforcement notice to ...

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Leaked Emails Show DNC Chair Tried To Get Tickets To 'Hamilton'

'It's like the hunger games around this thing'

Via: The Daily Caller

Crunch Report | WikiLeaks Publishes DNC Emails

WikiLeaks publishes a ton of democratic national committee emails, a bunch of employees leave reddit, Pokemon Go is live now in Japan, Verizon is close to buying Yahoo assets, Gravity4 CEO Gurbaksh Chahal has violated probation. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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