REAL NEWS VACATION TIME

typewriter-realnews-line….REAL NEWS IS TAKING TWO WEEKS OFF…simpleline

STORIES FROM EARLIER IN SEPTEMBER

US considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes over youth ‘epidemic’
The Guardian



Authorities Deny Visa, Green Card Applications Without Giving Applicants a Chance to Fix Errors
ProPublica

— Immigration lawyers call the policy change, which kicks in today, another brick in Trump’s “invisible wall” to make legal immigration as difficult as possible.
–> … birth certificate not enough proof you’re American
KCT5-TV
” They won’t accept a birth certificate but they will accept a family Bible?”
(Below is a screen grab, not a video.)
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Hmm. Witness in fraud case against casino turns up dead
The Citizens Voice


What college rankings really measure – hint: It’s not quality or value
The Conversation
— Schools may want to take as much credit as they can for the education and opportunities they give students. But if a school enrolls the top students to begin with, it’s hardly surprising that such a school would end up on top in terms of other outcomes.


### It’s been more than 6,000 days since we began to fight in Afghanistan.
Do you know where your soldiers are and why?
 (Vice News)


“Women’s committees” plan to strike at McD over sex harassment
AP

New lawsuit alleges Larry Nassar drugged, raped and impregnated teen at Michigan State
NBC News
— A new lawsuit alleges that Michigan State University officials were made aware of a videotaped rape of an underage girl by Dr. Larry Nassar but covered it up, told a coach who reported it to resign, and stripped the victim of a scholarship.
— The federal suit, filed in Michigan Monday on behalf of Erika Davis of California and other plaintiffs whose names were not revealed, says Davis was given a pill by Nassar during an exam in the spring of 1992, when she was 17, and raped as a video camera captured the attack.


Poll: Midwest drifts away from so-called President
NPR
— The gap has widened to 12 percentage points, up from 7 in July — and largely because of voters in the Midwest. They have swung 13 points in Democrats’ direction since July. That Midwestern shift is consistent with what Marist has found in statewide polls conducted for NBC in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota that showed Trump’s support there starting to erode.
–> Hurricane killed 3,000 in Puerto Rico, but Jackass in Chief calls gov’t response a “great job.” (AP)


End of the world as we know it!
ALL WHITE CASTLES TO SELL VEGETARIAN BURGERS!
USA Today!
— Starting Wednesday, White Castle restaurants nationwide will offer a new slider made entirely from plants. The Impossible Slider, created by California-based Impossible Foods, will sell for $1.99.
— A pilot program began in April at White Castle locations in New York, New Jersey and Chicago. Now the plant-based burger will be sold at all 377 locations in 13 states.
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EU backs copyright reform in blow to Big Tech
AFP
— The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a controversial EU copyright law that hands more power to news and record companies against internet giants like Google and Facebook that promised to fight on.
— The watershed vote in the French city of Strasbourg confirmed the European Union as Silicon Valley’s most powerful critic and follows anti-trust decisions that have cost Google and Apple billions.
— The EU is also leading the political charge on protecting data privacy, and just ahead of the copyright vote warned web firms it could hold them responsible for terrorist propaganda.
— Backing the copyright draft were traditional media, in urgent search of income at a time when web users are shunning newspapers and television with advertising revenue siphoned away by online platforms.


Dem sees rude November Trumpy surprise
(Get ready for the “Fake Congress”)
Opinion from The Hill by Steve Israel
steveisrael.jpg— Armed with the gavel in one hand and subpoenas in the other, a House Democratic majority represents an existential threat to Trump’s presidency. House Democrats will be able to look at his business dealings, his still secret tax returns, his financial relationships around the world and whether he’s using the White House to generate windfall profits for his private enterprises.
… Trump is a president badly in need of a foil in his presumed campaign for reelection. He could respond to every investigation, subpoena and act of Congress as the acts of an illegitimate, unelected Congress. Just as he refused to accept the number of votes he received in 2016, and just as he refused to accept the number of people who attended his inauguration in 2017, he can refuse to recognize the number of Democratic seats in 2019. Prepare yourselves for two years of tweets about the “Fake Congress.”


A shitty Florence scenario: Hog manure everywhere
Newser
— Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound—vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.


Manafort in plea talks with prosecutors…

Florida Turning Left? 

Kaepernick jerseys sell out in less than day…

NIKE stock gains back all losses…

Arizona probing GOOGLE location tracking practices…

Legal battle with EU over ‘right to be forgotten’…


Raise a glass! Trump will not defile Emerald Isle
Splinter
slainte— Trump’s upcoming visit to Ireland has been scrapped, according to the Irish Independent newspaper. But don’t shed a tear for the emerald isle just yet—Irish officials shockingly don’t seem too broken up about their missed opportunity to host the President of the United States.
— “This is reflective of a relationship that is now not functioning, that needs to get sorted and needs structures in place,” Micheál Martin, leader of Ireland’s Fianna Fáil political party, told the Independent upon news of the canceled trip. It was a sentiment echoed by other Irish officials, including one diplomatic source who told CNN that many within the government “were definitely not looking forward to Trump’s visit.”

Tuesday 9/11

Not really a surprise … spend big, win big in politics

(538) — How strong is the association between campaign spending and political success? For House seats, more than 90 percent of candidates who spend the most win. From 2000 through 2016, there was only one election cycle where that wasn’t true: 2010. “In that election, 86 percent of the top spenders won,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks campaign fundraising and spending.


California swears & vows to make all-renewable energy by 2045
Courthouse News Service
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday inked legislation that requires utilities to obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045.


It’s the damn Russkies behind sonic attacks, US spies say
NBC News
— Intelligence agencies investigating mysterious “attacks” that led to brain injuries in U.S. personnel in Cuba and China consider Russia to be the main suspect, three U.S. officials and two others briefed on the investigation tell NBC News.

California’s pot is a little hinkey
AP
— Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.


Federal deficit soars 32 percent to $895B
The Hill


Climate extremes ‘key driver’ behind rising global hunger: UN
Phys.Org
— “The number of people who suffer from hunger has been growing over the past three years, returning to levels that prevailed almost a decade ago. Equally of concern is that 22.2 percent of children under five are affected by stunting in 2017,” said the document.


Even the Marines are getting the hell out of Florence’s way
Stars & Stripes
>>> Latest from the National Hurricane Center
>>> Or check out S. Carolina’s news site The State
>>> Or N. Carolina’s News & Observer
>>> A pretty good chance FEMA will screw this up too
Reason
— As of 2017, FEMA was still terrible at giving money to the right people. A December 2017 inspector general report revealed FEMA’s “lack of process” when it comes to tracking insurance requirements. “Without a reliable system to track insurance information, FEMA risks providing duplicate assistance,” the report stated, meaning that “billions of dollars of taxpayer funds have been and will continue to be at risk of fraud, waste, and abuse.”


Of course semi-automatic guns are deadlier.
Here’s why scientists took so long to say so.

Popular Science
— The 1996 Dickey Amendment states that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” A similar phrase added into a piece of 2011 legislation also prevents the National Institutes of Health from spending money on gun research.


Uh-oh. The famous Chinese actress who “disappeared” had a low “social responsibility” score
AFP
bing— China’s highest paid movie star Fan Bingbing, who has not been seen in public since July, was placed last in an academic report ranking A-list celebrities on their social responsibility.
— The 36-year-old actress has been a household name in China for years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in the 2014 blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
Last year, she topped Forbes magazine’s list of top-earning Chinese celebrities with income of 300 million yuan ($43 million).
— But she has gone quiet in recent months, following allegations of tax evasion.


Crack pipe vending machines show up on Long Island
NY Post


Georgia charter school to bring back paddling
Newser
— The Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics says there is now “one more tool that we have in our disciplinary toolbox”—a paddle to hit misbehaving children with. The K-9 charter school in Hephzibah says it is bringing back paddling as a form of punishment, though it doesn’t plan to use it without the consent of parents. School officials say they sent consent forms home with children and got around 100 back, with around a third of parents who responded giving them permission to paddle. “In this school, we take discipline very seriously,” says Superintendent Jody Boulineau. “There was a time where corporal punishment was kind of the norm … and you didn’t have the problems that you have.”paddle.jpeg


The strange case of the cop who shot a guy she thought was in her apartment
Washington Post
guyger— An off-duty Dallas police officer told authorities she believed she had discovered a burglar inside her unlit apartment Thursday. That’s why she fired her service weapon at Botham Shem Jean, according to an affidavit released by police on Monday after prosecutors formally charged Amber Guyger with manslaughter.
— According to the new documents, Guyger, 30, told Texas Ranger David Armstrong that her door was ajar when she arrived at her downtown Dallas apartment. She saw a “large silhouette” inside, drew her handgun and gave “verbal commands that were ignored” by Jean, 26. Guyger pulled the trigger, hitting Jean in the torso. He died of the injury hours later.
(And here’s a puzzler:)
— Guyger told investigators that she called 911, first turning on the lights while on the call. “Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment,” the affidavit said.
(If she thought she was at in her apartment, why would she need to return to the front door to observe the address?)
… Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the Jean family, told The Washington Post that Guyger’s claims in the affidavit are inconsistent with evidence that has been presented to the district attorney. “There are witnesses who said that before the gunshots they heard the officer knocking at the door and repeatedly saying, ‘Let me in.’”


 

Monday 9/10

Is Alzheimer’s an infection?
NPR
— Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ?
— By “germ” he means microbes like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. In other words, Norins, a physician turned publisher, wants to know if Alzheimer’s is infectious.
— It’s an idea that just a few years ago would’ve seemed to many an easy way to drain your research budget on bunk science. Money has poured into Alzheimer’s research for years, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia.


OxyContin creator being sued for ‘significant role in causing opioid epidemic’
The Independent
— In 2007, three top current and former employees for Purdue admitted that they had misled doctors and their patients


Here’s What Happened to the 99 Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents and Sent to Chicago
Propublica

— Confidential records reveal details about struggles to find parents and traumatic experiences during the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance crackdown.


Check out the 5 best, 5 worst college degrees (by compensation, anyway)
Bankrate.com
“I like to say, ‘Being an actuary is the best job in America because you get paid like doctors and lawyers, but you don’t have to work with blood or visit your clients in jail.”


US threatens to arrest judges who probe American war crimes
AFP
— The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.
— White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body “unaccountable” and “outright dangerous” to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be “an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation.”


Trump ‘almost sent tweet that North Korea would have seen as warning of attack’
The Guardian
… spooked the Pentagon leadership with a tweet that – had it been sent – would have been read by North Korea as a sign of an imminent US attack, journalist Bob Woodward has said in an interview.
… The tweet was never sent because of a back-channel message from the North Koreans that they would view it as a sign the US was preparing to attack, according to CBS.
— “At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, ‘My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as ‘an attack is imminent.’


Southeast beginning to panic over Hurricane Florence
CBS Philadelphia
— People up and down the densely populated coast were told to be ready for the worst — and not just for a possible direct blow against the coast. They warned that Florence could slow or stall on or near shore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damage of a hurricane’s high winds.


Climate change will radically change Yellowstone in just decades
USA Today
— YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – Warmer temperatures, longer and more volatile fire seasons, shorter winters, less snowfall and significant changes in the dominant species of plants: The iconic park you see here today will be fundamentally altered by global warming in the coming decades.
— “That conclusion is pretty much inescapable,” said John Gross, an ecologist with the National Park Service’s Climate Change response program. “It’s really more a question of the when and how it occurs than if.”161380_park_narodowy_yellowstone_rzeka_gory


Decentralized Microgridding Can Provide 90% of a Neighborhood’s Energy Needs, Study Finds
Motherboard
“The new approach could even pave the way for 100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat, and water.”


Are polls broken? Democrats’ unforeseen wins pose urgent question
The Guardian
— Polling underestimated the strengths of certain Democratic candidates in a number of primaries this year – inaccuracies that could affect the midterm elections in November.


Amazon’s plan to put workers in robot cages?
Boston Herald
BIZ-AMAZON-HUMAN-CAGE-SE.jpg— A patent Amazon has received would pair humans and machines. In this case, the humans would be in a cage.
— Illustrations that accompany the patent, which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in 2016, show a cage-like enclosure around a small work space sitting atop the kind of robotic trolleys that now drive racks of shelves around Amazon warehouses.
— The patent was called “an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines” by researchers who highlighted it in a study published Friday.
— Amazon says it never implemented the technology and has no plans to, but the design appeared to be an effort to allow humans to safely enter robot-only zones.


Dallas cop charged with manslaughter after shooting neighbor
AP


Top CBS dude’s a gonner after sex charges
CBS News


Top cancer researcher got millions in secret
NY Times
cancer-doc— One of the world’s top breast cancer doctors failed to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug and health care companies in recent years, omitting his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.
— The researcher, Dr. José Baselga, a towering figure in the cancer world, is the chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has held board memberships or advisory roles with Roche and Bristol-Myers Squibb, among other corporations, has had a stake in start-ups testing cancer therapies, and played a key role in the development of breakthrough drugs that have revolutionized treatments for breast cancer.


### –An Israeli teen’s deadly fall in Yosemite National Park, reportedly while taking a selfie Wednesday, occurred at the top of Nevada Fall, authorities said.
— Tomer Frankfurter, 18, of Jerusalem dropped from the top of the cliff beside the 594-foot waterfall on the Merced River, according to the Mariposa County coroner’s office.


NYC subway station at site of 9/11 attack reopens after nearly 2 decades
CBS News
— A once heavily-used subway station destroyed when the Twin Towers collapsed finally reopened Saturday, nearly two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks. It’s one of the last significant parts of the World Trade Center to reopen as lower Manhattan continues to rebuild what was lost.
— The Cortlandt Street station on the No. 1 line, which was located directly below the World Trade Center, has sat unused for the last 17 years.


Weekend …. update

 

Doctors ponder lifting barriers to live organ donation
AP
— Surgeons turned down Terra Goudge for the liver transplant that was her only shot at surviving a rare cancer. Her tumor was too advanced, they said — even though Goudge had a friend ready to donate, no matter those odds.
— “I have a living donor — I’m not taking away from anyone. I’m trying to save my own life,” she pleaded. Finally, the Los Angeles woman found a hospital on the other side of the country that let the pair try.
— People lucky enough to receive a kidney or part of a liver from a living donor not only cut years off their wait for a transplant, but those organs also tend to survive longer. Yet living donors make up a fraction of transplants, and their numbers have plateaued amid barriers that can block otherwise willing people from giving. Among them: varying hospital policies on who qualifies and the surprising financial costs that some donors bear.
— Now researchers are exploring ways to lift those barriers and ease the nation’s organ shortage.


Sessions checks Trump’s twitter feed to see whether he’s fired
Raw Story


Trump Admin Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelans
Slate


California officials: Staffs at 2 nursing homes abandoned the old folks during wildfires
KTVU/AP
— A state investigation has found that staff at two senior care facilities abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October.
— Officials announced Thursday that they’ve moved to revoke licenses from the Santa Rosa facilities and their top administrators.
— The Department of Social Services investigation says more than 20 people would have died when a dementia facility burned to the ground if family members and emergency responders hadn’t evacuated them after all staff left.


Trump lackey sentenced to 14 days in jail
Courthouse News Service
— Former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison on Friday for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 election.


Kavanaugh plumbs his own depths, and wow
USA Today
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, already vehemently opposed by abortion-rights advocates, further alienated that contingent during his Senate testimony Thursday when he referred to some forms of birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.”


TVA accused of discouraging solar power
Courthouse News Service
— The lawsuit filed Thursday in Florence, Alabama, federal court says the federally owned corporation – which is the largest public power company in the nation – violated federal law because it did not “disclose and consider the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts” of its fees changes.


Tesla investors, execs freak over Musk dope-smoking video
Bloomberg

√ Editor’s note: I really do wonder whether Musk is putting on an act to drive down the stock price so he can take Tesla private. Sheer speculation, but … maybe?

>>> Wall Street drops after idiot threatens more China tariffs
Reuters


The Billionaires club plans to ruin public education, starting in Arizona
The Guardian
— Six women inspired a statewide movement and got hundreds of volunteers to brave Arizona’s torrid summer heat to collect signatures – in parks and parking lots, at baseball games and shopping malls. Their message was that billionaire outsiders were endangering public education by getting Arizona’s legislature – in part through campaign contributions – to create an expensive voucher program.
— “We knew something was rotten in the state of Arizona,” said Beth Lewis, a fifth-grade teacher who is president of Save Our Schools. “We drew a line in the sand. We said, ‘We’re not going to let this happen.’” Lewis said Arizona’s schools are so underfunded that some classes have 40 students and her school needs to ask a private citizen to donate money when a teacher needs a set of books for her class.

√ What is it about America, and our penchant for producing unhinged rich guys? Trump, the Koch Bros., Amway Queen Betsy DeVos, Musk and now Papa John making weird claims trying to blame others for what he said with his own stupid mouth?

Atlanta Mayor orders city to end relationship with ICE, remove all detainees from city jail
11Alive.com


… Great Again…
Should you buy a ‘bulletproof backpack’ for your child? We tested their performance
NorthJersey.com
— In North Jersey and across the nation, millions of children return to the classroom this week. And some will be equipped with a grim piece of back-to-school gear: bullet resistant backpacks.
— All the focus on school safety, in the wake of multiple school shootings nationwide, left us at NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey asking: Do bullet resistant backpacks actually work?

Just another (yawn) traffic stop in Arizona
AZ Central

… The Goodyear Police Department is investigating an incident involving one of its officers after video surfaced on social media Thursday showing a woman being punched, then yanked from her car and thrown onto the ground.
>>> Dallas cop shoots intruder dead … but she was the real intruder
>>> UPDATE: She will face manslaughter charge


1500 animals seized in dog-fighting, cock-fighting raid in Wisconsin
NPR


MAKE AMERICA SAY HUH? AGAIN
“You’ll have a country that’s going to turn into a third-world country because if the opposite party becomes president, every time before it even starts, before you even found out whether or not he or she is going to do a great job, they’ll say, ‘We want to impeach him,'”
Trump at last night’s Montana “rally”


Dems: If we get a majority, we grab Trump tax returns
The Hill
— The Democrats contend existing law empowers the tax-writing committees to access a president’s tax history. If the House flips, they say they’ll use their gavels to move swiftly to do just that.
— “I don’t think there’s any question about it,” said Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.


We don’t need no stinking vaccines
Passengers on four Southwest flights warned of measles exposure
NBC5 Dallas
— The CDC typically notifies passengers within two rows of an infected person, but with Southwest’s open seating policy it’s hard to know who sat where so everyone on the flights will be notified.


Florida Gov’s financial trail leads to Cayman isles tax haven
Miami Herald
“The governor had no role in selecting that investment,” said a spokesman. “The blind trust is managed by an independent financial professional who decides what assets are bought, sold or changed.”


Cops raid couple who raised $400,000 for homeless man
Gizmodo
— On Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant at the home of a New Jersey couple who raised $400,000 to help a homeless man last year.
— The raid comes two days after the couple’s lawyer revealed that the money is all gone despite the fact that it wasn’t properly transferred to its intended recipient. The couple has been accused of fraud and conspiracy to appropriate the money for their own personal use.
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Thursday 9/6

N. Korean identified in WannaCry, Sony massive cyber-hacks
US Justice Dep’t
— A criminal complaint was unsealed today charging Park Jin Hyok (박진혁; a/k/a Jin Hyok Park and Pak Jin Hek), a North Korean citizen, for his involvement in a conspiracy to conduct multiple destructive cyberattacks around the world resulting in damage to massive amounts of computer hardware, and the extensive loss of data, money and other resources.
— The complaint alleges that Park was a member of a government-sponsored hacking team known to the private sector as the “Lazarus Group,” and worked for a North Korean government front company, Chosun Expo Joint Venture (a/k/a Korea Expo Joint Venture or “KEJV”), to support the DPRK government’s malicious cyber actions.
— The Conspiracy’s malicious activities include the creation of the malware used in the 2017 WannaCry 2.0 global ransomware attack; the 2016 theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank; the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE); and numerous other attacks or intrusions on the entertainment, financial services, defense, technology, and virtual currency industries, academia, and electric utilities.


Doctor shortage looms 
The Hill


Bookies name Pence, Sessions as most likely author of Trump-skewering op-ed
Vice News


Detroit Tigers announcers Impemba, Allen have ‘severe’ physical incident
Detroit Free Press
— The contentious personal relationship between Fox Sports Detroit’s top two Detroit Tigers broadcasters, Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, has boiled over.
— The pair was involved in a physical altercation immediately following Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox.allen and mario


Bitcoin Falls Off Cliff Again
Yahoo Finance


Will espresso-loving Italy embrace 1st Starbucks?
AP


New York subpoenas Catholic dioceses in sex abuse probe
Reuters
— The subpoenas are part of an ongoing civil investigation by Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office into how dioceses reviewed and may have covered up allegations of sexual abuse of minors.


Dancer sues NY ballet over nude photos
BBC
Alexandra-Waterbury-Isaac-Anthony-13-620x826.jpg— A 19-year-old ballerina is suing the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and a former principal dancer for sexually exploiting female dancers.
— Alexandra Waterbury alleges that Chase Finlay, who resigned last month, shared explicit photos and videos of her with other dancers, without her consent.
— She claims the “fraternity culture” allowed male dancers to exploit women.
— NYCB has denied the allegations. A lawyer for Mr Finlay said the complaint consisted of allegations, not facts.


Trump dudes: Keep immigrant kids in jail longer
NPR
— “Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the Department’s ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country,” said Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement.


Booker releases “confidential” Kavanaugh documents
The Hill
— Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday released emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House counsel, escalating a heated fight over his documents.
— Booker released approximately 12 pages of emails tied to discussions Kavanaugh had on racial inequality including one email thread titled “racial profiling.”
— The documents are marked “committee confidential,” meaning they were not supposed to be discussed or released publicly.

“I asked Judge Kavanaugh to recuse himself from any #SCOTUS case involving the criminal or civil liability of President Trump. He refused.”
— Sen. Richard Blumenthal


Whole Foods employees said to be trying to unionize under Amazon ownership
CNBC
— “In the last three years, we have experienced layoffs, job consolidations, reduced labor budgets, poor wage growth, and constantly being asked to do more with less resources and now with less compensation,” the email said. “Jeff Bezos should not have earned 150 billion dollars while the majority of his workers live paycheck to paycheck and do not receive profit sharing.”


Fasting — key to longer life?
USA Today
— A group of scientists from the NIA, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found that increasing time between meals improved the overall health of male mice and lengthened their lives compared to mice that ate more frequently. Perhaps even more surprisingly, the health benefits were seen regardless of what the mice ate or how many calories they consumed.

Wednesday

 

NYT publishes account of “resister” inside White House
By anonymous senior official in Trump administration
(RealNews excerpt)
— 
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
— It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
— The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
… The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.
… Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.
— In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.
… Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.
— “There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.
… We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
… Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.
— The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

44% of millennials say they’ve deleted Facebook app
Pew Research

Cop to Tased girl: “This is why there’s no grocery stores in black community”
Cincinnati.com
Cincinnati police investigators said an officer who deployed a Taser to stop an 11-year-old girl from shoplifting violated the department’s use of force policy, but also found problems with his telling the girl: “You know, sweetheart, this is why there’s no grocery stores in the black community.”

NFL loosens the rules for streaming its games
AP

A first: Genetically-engineered mosquitoes to be released in Africa
Stat

Some buildings collapse as powerful quake hits Hokkaido, Japan
Reuters

The three weak points of US democracy
The Conversation
By John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
— I’m a social scientist and public policy scholar who studies sources of stress in the U.S. political system. Here are three sources of a growing deficit of democracy.


Who put the Me in GoFundMe?
Lawyer says do-gooders kept most of $400,000 raised for homeless man
NPR
— When Johnny Bobbitt first met Kate McClure and their feel-good story about a chance encounter that changed both their lives hit the daytime TV circuit, he said her generosity inspired an “indescribable” feeling in him. But less than a year later, that feeling has become devastation, according to his lawyer.
— Bobbitt and his attorney claim that more $400,000 raised by McClure and her boyfriend in a GoFundMe campaign intended to lift him out of homelessness, has vanished without ever reaching him.


Ayanna Pressley whips 10-term congressman, set to become the state’s first black congresswoman
HuffPo
ayanna— Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley beat a 10-term incumbent Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, an upset building on the momentum for progressives sparked by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York House primary earlier this summer.


Avenatti: 2020 Dem presidential candidate must demand the Supreme Court add seats
The Hill
— “In light of the [Merrick] Garland seat that was stolen, together with the events of today and the hiding of docs, etc., the court must be expanded to 11 seats after 2020,” Avenatti tweeted, referring to former President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.


Half of Facebook users say they don’t understand how news feed works
USA Today
— Older Facebook users are even less likely to understand the news feed. Only 38 percent of those 50 years of age or older said they had a good understanding of why posts appear, according to Pew’s survey of 4,594 U.S. adults including 3,413 Facebook users, conducted May 29-June 11, 2018. Among younger users aged 18 to 29, 59 percent said they do.
√ And the 47% who claim they know are kidding themselves. 


Curious! Chinese billionaire let go after Minnesota rape allegations
The Wall Street Journal
— Given the serious allegation, the release is “very, very strange,” said David Levine, a law professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law who is knowledgeable about criminal law.
— “The risk of flight is enormous,” Mr. Levine said. “It’s a person with a lot of assets. Even bail would have meant nothing because he could afford any amount of bail.”


UK police ID 2 Russkies, say they carried out Salisbury chem attack with perfume bottle
Vice News
— The British government said Wednesday it is charging two Russian men with the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the town of Salisbury in March using the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.
— Scotland Yard says it has sufficient evidence to charge Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder.
>>> Brit PM says operation approved by Kremlin
Reuters/Twitter live
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The job Americans won’t take:
Arizona looks to Philippines to fill teacher shortage
The Guardian
teacher-phils
— Melvin Inojosa, 29, bounded between lab tables, sinks, a whiteboard and his desk, exclaiming “Optics!” “Quantum mechanics!” “Thermodynamics!”


Furious Trump trapped himself by yapping into Woodward’s voice recorder
Axios
— “Trump was editing an upcoming speech with [then-staff secretary Rob] Porter. Scribbling his thoughts in neat, clean penmanship, the president wrote, ‘TRADE IS BAD.'”


Woodward book reveals a White House madhouse
BBC
Chief of Staff Kelly repeatedly calls Mr Trump an “idiot” and said that “it’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. Defense Secretary Mattis told an aide that the president has the foreign policy understanding of a “fifth- or sixth-grader” (an 11 or 12-year-old).

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Airport security trays carry more viruses than toilet surfaces, scientists find
The Guardian
The University of Nottingham said the most common virus found in the survey was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, while the swabs also picked up the influenza A virus.

Brit voters having buyer’s remorse on Brexit
The Independent

Gordon, moving fast, aims to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane
AP

Weapons prosecutions way up under “pro-gun” admin
Courthouse News Service

Viking Cruises says leave the kids at home
LA Timesvik

Fire at Brazil museum destroyed oldest human remains in Americas
Live Science
The most famous of those artifacts was Luzia, the 11,000-year-old skull of a Paleoindian woman whose remains are the earliest discovered in the Americas. A number of irreplacable artworks and Egyptian mummies are also believed lost, though a full accounting is not yet possible,.

Nike hires Kaepernick, stocks hammered
Bloomberg

Lybia’s lunatics put battle plans on Facebook
Seattle Times

Paranoid Russkies say somebody sabotaged space station
Phys.Org

Grizzlies Have Recovered, Officials Say; Now Montanans Have To Get Along With Them
NPR
The bear population is growing here, but so is the human population. For each of the past four years, Glacier saw its most visits in history. Tourism is driving millions of dollars into the Montana economy. But it’s also driving people into bears.
On an average year, 23 bears are killed or relocated among the grizzly population around Glacier. This year, that number is already up to 30. Officials expect a boom in mortality in the fall as bears venture closer to homes while loading up on calories for the winter.bear

Democrats protest as high court nominee’s chaotic hearing opens
Reuters
The Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick, opened in chaos on Tuesday, as Democrats complained about Republicans blocking access to documents stemming from the nominee’s previous work in the White House under President George W. Bush.
News photographers clicked pictures of a smiling Kavanaugh as he entered the hearing room. But moments after Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley opened the hearing, Democrats protested the withholding of the documents and asked to have the proceedings adjourned.

Planet Nine Possibly Exists But Invisible To Telescopes
Circumstantial evidence points at the existence of Planet Nine, the hypothetical planet that some astronomers think lies in the outer region of the Solar System beyond Neptune.
Scientists think that the existence of this world could explain the strangle looping of the trans-Neptunian objects or TNOs at the edge of the star system. Unfortunately, no telescope has so far been able to spot this elusive world.


Palo Alto nurse discovers new colleague is baby she treated decades ago

A California nurse who never forgot a premature baby she cared for early in her career has been reunited with her patient – now a doctor at the same hospital where he was born 28 years ago.

Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, in a post that exploded on Facebook, says Vilma Wong recognized pediatric resident Brandon Seminatore’s name when he was performing rounds at the hospital in San Jose.