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Swedish teen climate activist takes school strike to gates of United Nations

August 30, 2019 / 12:30 PM / Updated 37 minutes ago

Michelle Nichols 3 Min Read

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg took her weekly campaign for greater action on climate change to the gates of the United Nations on Friday, urging “everyone who cares about our future” to join her when world leaders gather in New York next month.

Thunberg, 16, started missing school on Fridays a year ago to protest outside the Swedish parliament, sparking a global climate strike movement known as Fridays for Future. She joined 14-year-old New Yorker Alexandria Villasenor on Friday, who began picketing outside the United Nations in New York December.

A couple of hundred of other young protesters supported them with signs that read “Help my home is on fire,” “If you won’t act like adults, we will” and “Science not silence.” Their chants included “we are unstoppable, a better world is possible” and “sea levels are rising and so are we.”

Wearing t-shirts that read “In Greta we trust,” New York students Bianca Pilcher, 11, and Lila Sabag, 10, said they had one message for world leaders: act now.


U.S. gymnast Simone Biles' brother arrested as suspected shooter in triple murder

Source: Reuters

Sports News
August 30, 2019 / 10:12 AM / Updated an hour ago

(Reuters) - The brother of U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles was arrested and charged with murder as the accused shooter who killed three people at a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland, law enforcement agencies said on Friday.

Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, of Cleveland, was being held at the Liberty County Jail in Hinesville, Georgia on six counts of murder, three of voluntary manslaughter, five of felonious assault and a single count of perjury, according to a joint statement from the Cleveland Division of Police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

His arraignment at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Justice Center, where a grand jury indicted him on the criminal charges, was set for Sept. 13.

Biles-Thomas was part of an “uninvited group” that entered the New Year’s Eve house party, leading to an altercation with guests and shots fired, prosecutors said.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-simone-biles-brother/u-s-gymnast-simone-biles-brother-arrested-as-suspected-shooter-in-triple-murder-idUSKCN1VK1SD

Michael Flynn says he's not ready to be sentenced. U.S. says he's ready

Source: Reuters

August 30, 2019 / 9:57 AM / Updated 2 hours ago

Jonathan Stempel 3 Min Read

(Reuters) - Lawyers for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn accused the federal government of stalling their efforts to defend him, and said the former top aide to Donald Trump is not ready to be sentenced for lying about his discussions with a Russian ambassador.

Flynn’s lawyers lodged their objections to the government’s conduct in a joint status report filed on Friday with the Washington, D.C., federal court.

Lawyers for the government countered that Flynn is ready for sentencing, perhaps as soon as Oct. 21. Both sides agreed that Flynn’s cooperation with various government probes is finished.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations the prior December with Sergey Kislyak, who was Russia’s ambassador to the United States, about U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow by President Barack Obama.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn/michael-flynn-says-hes-not-ready-to-be-sentenced-u-s-says-hes-ready-idUSKCN1VK1Q5

LOCK HIS ASS UP................................

United extends Boeing 737 MAX flight cancellations until December 19

Source: Reuters

Business News
August 30, 2019 / 11:52 AM / Updated 8 minutes ago

Tracy Rucinski 2 Min Read

CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines Holdings (UAL.O) said on Friday it is extending the cancellation of Boeing 737 MAX flights by another month until Dec. 19 as the jets remain grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in the past year.

Boeing Co (BA.N) has said it hopes to receive regulatory approval for updated flight control software at the center of both crashes in October, but it could take a month or two for airlines to train pilots on the new software and prepare the jets for commercial flight after sitting idle for months.

As the grounding that began in mid-March has dragged on, airlines that added the fuel-efficient, single-aisle MAX to their fleets in the past two years have had to cancel thousands of monthly flights, eating into their profits.

Chicago-based United had previously pulled its 14 737 MAX jets from its flight schedule through early November. Without the MAX, the carrier said it expects to cancel about 2,800 flights in November and 1,700 through Dec. 19.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane-united-arlns/united-extends-boeing-737-max-flight-cancellations-until-december-19-idUSKCN1VK20N?il=0

Trump's Trade Mayhem Hurts the Working-Class People He Claims to Love

Truck Drivers, Railway Workers, Stevedores and Other Blue-Collar Workers Are Bearing the Brunt of His Trade Policies

By David Cay Johnston, DCReport Editor-in-Chief

The poorly educated are about to learn just how little Donald Trump loves them. His gratuitous trade mayhem is damaging the global economy.

That means workers in jobs requiring no more than a high school diploma may soon get let go from jobs moving goods. Longshoremen, railroad workers, teamsters, the lumpers who load trailers, warehouse workers, and retail clerks are all at risk of being forced into unemployment.

Will these millions of workers grasp that Trump is abusing them to satisfy his whims? Or will they react more like battered spouses who keep returning for more abuse because they cannot see the harsh reality of their situation?

During the 2016 primary races, Trump declared “I love the poorly educated.” At rally after rally he used the word “love” to sell the idea that he would champion what he later called the “forgotten man.”


Exposed for 1967 blackface skit, Alabama governor issues written statement rather than face cameras

"She had put some black paint on her face."

Alan Pyke
Aug 29, 2019, 5:16 pm

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) performed a comedic skit in blackface in 1967 at Auburn University, audio tapes circling the web on Thursday reveal.

“She had on a pair of blue coveralls and she had put some black paint all over her face,” Ben LaRavia, then Ivey’s fiancé, says in the interview. “We were acting out this skit called Cigar Butts. I cannot go into a lengthy explanation but to say the least I think this skit, it did not require a lot of talent as far as verbal talent.”

The performance he describes in the interview appears consistent with the ugliest core patterns of minstrel show tradition: A white audience invited to hoot with laughter at a portrayal of black people as groveling, graceless, inferior beings.

Ivey’s blackface role involved “crawling around on the floor looking for cigar butts” and “certainly got a big reaction out of the audience,” her then-fiancé said in the interview.



“This is who she was then. It is who she is now. I have nothing for her. I don’t accept her apology,” state Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D) said.

Givan gave special attention to Ivey’s decision to release a written statement without facing cameras or supporters, while also succinctly capturing the kinds of questions the governor likely sought to avoid fielding under klieg lights.

“She should have stood before the people of Alabama herself,” Givan said. “Just as she stood there in blackface, how many times has she said n*****? I’m going to say the word. That is the question black folk need to ask themselves today.”

Lewandowski's Senate run probably won't be staffed by the best people

Lisa Needham -August 29, 2019

Corey Lewandowski is bragging that he's talking to the best people in town to help him run his campaign for Senate. Given his past, that's unlikely.

Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager, went on John Fredericks' radio show to talk about his possible run for Congress in New Hampshire. He ended up saying more than he likely intended to.

When talking to Fredericks, who calls himself "America's Godzilla of truth," Lewandowski bragged about how he's talking to everyone in town about working on his campaign: "I know the guys who take money off the top of things and line their own pockets and I know the real workers here and over the past days and weeks I've been talking to all those people."

Of course, that ends up sounding like Lewandowski is talking to both the scammers and the workers, which is presumably not what he meant. But even a charitable reading isn't all that great for Lewandowski. As someone who was forced to resign from his consulting firm for failing to register as a lobbyist and functionally selling access to Trump, Lewandowski is hardly someone you want to listen to about best practices.

After helping install Trump in the White House, Lewandowski moved on to amassing foreign clients at his consulting firm, Avenue Strategies. He didn't last very long, however, as he stepped down in early May of 2017, less than four months after Trump took office. Before he left, though, an arm of the consulting firm had been soliciting clients in Eastern Europe by telling them they could get access to Pence and Trump. Other lobbyists asserted that Lewandowski was personally pitching clients by bragging he had direct access to Trump.


Hey Corey can I call you Cory..................did you forget this..........................


Interior Department threatens members of Congress for standing up for federal workers

Lisa Needham -August 29, 2019

The administration is moving the Bureau of Land Management to Colorado and lawmakers who oppose the move are met with threats.

The administration is continuing its quest to destabilize government agencies, but this time they're going after members of Congress, too.

In July, the Trump administration announced it would be moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C., to Colorado. That only comprises about 400 employees out of 9,000 nationwide, but the employees in D.C. are top officials who work with Congress.

Democrats have worried that this is a move designed to "dismantle and weaken" the BLM. They should be. Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, already bragged that relocations are a great way to get federal workers to quit.

Two members of Congress, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), wrote a letter to the Department of the Interior expressing their concern and asking the administration to consider suspending the move. They're concerned about the "incomplete and superficial" information regarding the move. They also pointed out that the relocation of a major government land-use agency should have been coordinated with more stakeholders, including Congress, state and local governments, and Native American tribes.


Trump raised taxes on Americans by $30 billion with his trade war -- and it will get worse

By Oliver Willis August 29, 2019

Trump's trade war has been cited by a majority of economists as a drag on the economy that could lead to a recession.

Trump's trade war is going to cost American taxpayers an additional $30 billion taxes a year, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

"CBO estimates that all tariffs enacted under Trump are raising taxes by about $30 billion annually ($315B 2020-2029)," noted Zach Moller, deputy director of Third Way’s Economic Program. "This would rise to about $45 billion a year if announced tariffs go into effect."

The trade war tax hike would add to Trump's already weak record on taxes.

Trump has claimed that the tax cut enacted by him and congressional Republicans in 2017 would be "rocket fuel" for the economy, but instead economic growth slowed. That legislation contained tax cuts targeted toward the super-rich and large corporations.


Hey, all of you trolls that voted for this ass......................and then to top it all off we still have the 1.5 trillion tax cut to deal with....................again....................... this coming tax season....................

Trump administration barring tours of migrant detention centers, Democrats say

Source: Reuters

August 29, 2019 / 2:02 PM / Updated 4 hours ago

James Oliphant 4 Min Read

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday said the Trump administration is blocking investigators from touring immigrant detention facilities nationwide after recent visits revealed what they called “serious ongoing problems” concerning how detainees are being treated.

Representative Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said committee staff were barred from visiting 11 U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities days after previous inspections found conditions that threatened the health and safety of the adult and child migrants being held, writing in a letter to Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

The administration, Cummings said, had also imposed new restrictions on visits to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities that also house migrants, including a two-hour time limit.

The “last-minute denial of access” and the new restrictions “are unacceptable and impair the Committee’s ability to conduct its oversight responsibilities in an effective manner,” Cummings wrote.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-facilities/trump-administration-barring-tours-of-migrant-detention-centers-democrats-say-idUSKCN1VJ2BT

Does not the CBP know that the Congressional people make the laws, and that the CBP cannot just deny access..........................this is BS
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