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Loved ones of women killed by Border Patrol supervisor 'still grappling with question: Why?'

Campaign Action The friends and family of Guiselda Alicia Hernandez, Claudine Ann Luera, Janelle Ortiz, and Melissa Ramirez—the four women murdered by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employee in Texas last month—continue to grieve and ask question
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Loved ones of women killed by Border Patrol supervisor 'still grappling with question: Why?'

Campaign Action The friends and family of Guiselda Alicia Hernandez, Claudine Ann Luera, Janelle Ortiz, and Melissa Ramirez—the four women murdered by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employee in Texas last month—continue to grieve and ask questions about why their loved ones are gone. USA Today’s day-by-day look at Juan David Ortiz’s murder spree doesn’t provide these families with much more information as the investigation into the killings continues, but it does back up previous reports that Ortiz—a decade-long veteran of CBP—used his position to monitor the investigation into him even as he carried out his violence.  “Border Patrol agents often monitor local murder investigations to help clamp down on human trafficking rings and leads are shared freely and frequently between the agencies.” Webb County Sheriff Chief Federico Garza said Ortiz “was ahead of the curve with the information he was receiving.” This should merit an investigation of Border Patrol, and leading House Democrats have called on CBP commissioner Kevin McAleenan to look into whether Ortiz “was acting in his capacity as a Border Patrol agent at any time during the alleged crimes.” But, it’s unclear whether legislators have received any answers at all. In the meantime, USA Today continues, “friends and families of the victims are all still grappling with a central, unanswered question: Why?”  “It’s heart-breaking,” friend Stephany Gonzalez tells USA Today. “We knew all four of the victims. We sit down and talk and we cry and we laugh. We remember all the stuff they used to do.” 

A new study suggests voters aren't buying anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric—and it might even backfire

Anti-Muslim rhetoric seems omnipresent in the conservative far right, but even more worrying is how consistently some of that hate rhetoric seems to be seeping into actual political campaigns. This is especially true since the arrival of open bigot Donald Tru
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A new study suggests voters aren't buying anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric—and it might even backfire

Anti-Muslim rhetoric seems omnipresent in the conservative far right, but even more worrying is how consistently some of that hate rhetoric seems to be seeping into actual political campaigns. This is especially true since the arrival of open bigot Donald Trump, who has made both crackpot conspiracy theories and virulent prejudice cornerstones of his own political speech and, in doing so, has encouraged other Republican candidates to embrace the same. None of this is debatable, but the civil rights group Muslim Advocates wanted to measure what has been going on more precisely: The number of candidates who have used anti-Muslim arguments in their campaign speeches and ads, this election season, and whether or not such speech has proven effective. The resulting report paints a complicated picture. On one hand, eighty such campaigns were identified, including big-name Republicans like Rep. Dave Brat and Rep. Duncan Hunter. But of the campaigns that engaged in anti-Muslim rhetoric this campaign season, all but a bare handful already lost their primaries or are expected to lose in November. This suggests open anti-Muslim sentiment is still used primarily by extremist candidates who have little hope of winning and whose campaigns are premised on rallying a hidden majority of bigots who, in most races, never appear. There are always exceptions: Tennessee's Mark Green has been odiously anti-Muslim for a long time and is still expected to win a seat in Congress, which may or may not be directly related to Tennessee being a particular haven for anti-Muslim conspiracy crackpots freaking out about their local mosques and/or something-something-sharia. And it needs especially to be noted that the uptick in hate rhetoric against Muslims pairs with an uptick in violence against American Muslims, so this speech isn't without consequences even if most of the candidates end up losing. Hearing anti-Muslim rhetoric in political speeches signals to like-minded listeners that their own private bigotries are justifiable and «allowed.» But there's some good news, too. An included poll of voter sentiments indicates that anti-Muslim rhetoric in campaign ads is extremely likely to backfire. Only 8 percent, however, said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who speaks negatively about Muslims. Fifty-eight percent said they would be more likely to vote against that candidate, though it made no difference to 17 percent. GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you,​ and RSVP to attend. It's not too late for your contribution to make a difference. Please give $1 to help purge Congress of bigots and elect a Democratic majority.

California is dog whistle central for fearmongering Republicans

California is doing a lot of work for Republican politicians in several states, who are using the largest state in the nation as some kind of threat to voters. As Nevada attorney general and gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt put it, “Are we going to keep Ne
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California is dog whistle central for fearmongering Republicans

California is doing a lot of work for Republican politicians in several states, who are using the largest state in the nation as some kind of threat to voters. As Nevada attorney general and gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt put it, “Are we going to keep Nevada the Nevada we all love, this independent Western state, or are we going to turn into California?” Or “California is absolutely not the model for Florida,” according to that state’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, Ron DeSantis. “It would be a historic mistake to go down the road of being a high-tax, high-spending state.”  California is the fifth-largest economy in the world. It has a higher median household income than Colorado, Florida, Nevada, or Texas. It has a higher high school graduation rate than Nevada, Florida, or Colorado—among states with Republican politicians obsessed with California, only Texas is higher on that measure. Of those states, only Colorado has a higher per capita income or a lower homicide rate—Nevada, Florida, and Texas all have lower incomes and higher homicide rates. And it’s worth noting that while the Republican Governors Association has tried out California-themed attacks on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Polis: David Flaherty, a Republican pollster in Colorado, said he believed that advertisement had fallen flat. “Are Californians moving here and changing our state, which is arguably what happened in Nevada?” Mr. Flaherty asked. “I don’t feel that is a prevailing thought in voters’ minds. We are not there yet.” Attacks on California may dwell on taxes, but there’s something else at play: scary brown people and LGBTQ people (the Colorado attacks focus on taxes but it’s perhaps relevant to understanding the framing of a “RadiCalifornia” ad to remember that Polis is gay). Nevada’s Laxalt is open about the immigration fearmongering on California, falsely claiming that Californians are rioting over sanctuary cities. California is diverse and progressive and successful. No wonder Republicans hate it, and no wonder they can’t admit to its successes. Get out the vote: Want to help Democrats vote but unsure how? Try this: click here, enter your zip code, and RSVP for a volunteer shift. Don’t stop there: Can you chip in $1 to help take back the House and Senate?

How Chief Justice Roberts helped Kavanaugh with those ethics complaints

When it comes to judicial ethics, the appearance of bias is taken as seriously as bias. There’s a whole ethical canon in the Code of Conduct for United States Judges that makes that point. It’s entitled, daringly enough, “A Judge Should Avoid Improprie
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How Chief Justice Roberts helped Kavanaugh with those ethics complaints

When it comes to judicial ethics, the appearance of bias is taken as seriously as bias. There’s a whole ethical canon in the Code of Conduct for United States Judges that makes that point. It’s entitled, daringly enough, “A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in all Activities.” Conservatives seem to have skipped that section on masse. Brett Kavanaugh struggles with ethics in many arenas. But he’s hardly been alone in taking unethical measures to secure partisan bench appointments. Turns out, he’s not even alone on the Supreme Court when it comes to the willingness to act unethically to avoid exposure of other unethical behavior. The D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh’s former professional haunting ground, sent at least 15 ethics complaints concerning his behavior up to the Supreme Court. From there, Chief Justice Roberts sent them on to the Tenth Circuit, to Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich. We knew that Tymkovich was appointed by George W. Bush and shortlisted for SCOTUS by Trump, but we didn’t know just how much of a favor Roberts was doing Kavanaugh until now. Problem one, of course, was that Roberts waited until Kavanaugh had been seated on the Supreme Court to send the complaints to a circuit court. By doing so, he ensured Kavanaugh escaped any form of lower-court accountability. And there’s really no such thing as Supreme Court accountability. The second issue is how closely Kavanaugh is tied to Tymkovich. As Kristine Lucius of Leadership Conference notes, “John Roberts and Kavanaugh and Tymkovich are all … tied to the Bush administration and these are all men who certainly knew each other and now are in very powerful positions on the bench.” That would be bad enough. But Kavanaugh championed Tymkovich from nomination to confirmation. He influenced Tymkovich’s selection; he was the architect of the media campaign in advance of the good judge’s confirmation.  There’s no part of the Kavanaugh-Roberts-Tymkovich tangle that passes muster under the Judicial Code of Conduct. Kavanaugh has violated, is violating, the most basic element of one of the core ethical canons.  A judge should respect and comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

Latest move from Trump proves Republicans don't care about your health care

When the occupier of the Oval Office says «all Republicans support people with preexisting conditions» he's lying. To be honest, at least every other public pronouncement he makes is a lie, but this one is particularly huge. And it's particularly
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Latest move from Trump proves Republicans don't care about your health care

When the occupier of the Oval Office says «all Republicans support people with preexisting conditions» he's lying. To be honest, at least every other public pronouncement he makes is a lie, but this one is particularly huge. And it's particularly not good right now, at least not for Republicans. Because today, 15 days before a midterm election in which health care is the primary motivating factor for voters, the Trump administration is taking further action to allow health plans that don't cover sick people by giving states more leeway to promote the skimpy plans the administration has approved. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the new proposal saying that states would have a «clearer sense of how they can take the lead on making available more insurance options.» While it retains the Affordable Care Act's protections that bar insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, it would significantly reshape those rules, giving states more flexibility in waiving them away. Kaiser Family Foundation vice president Larry Levitt calls it what it is—a Republican end-run around Obamacare since they «failed at repealing and replacing the ACA last year.» The «new guidance gives states the flexibility to do much of it themselves,» he says. «The door is now wide open for states to do an end run around the ACA by creating a parallel market with lower premiums but fewer protections for people with preexisting conditions.» The ACA did allow for states to apply for waivers under the law to give them more flexibility in how they structured their markets, giving them the opportunity to do things like experiment with single payer or public options. But under the law, states could not decrease the number of people covered by the comprehensive, ACA-compliant plans with all the essential benefits and promise that they would be covered in any eventuality. That was the «guardrail» Congress created to make sure that people wouldn't be tricked into lesser coverage and that the Obamacare markets would remain stable. Now Trump is exploiting that flexibility to allow states to shift people out of the ACA-compliant coverage and into the cheap Association Health plans (AHP) and expanded short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans Trump has approved. AHPs, under the Trump definition, allow individuals and small businesses to band together to form plans that don't have to offer full benefits. The second expands the three-month short term plans under the law, intended for people who need stop-gap, skimpy coverage as a bridge, to be continued for as long as three years. These plans don't have to offer the full benefits of the ACA, and with this new guidance from the administration, states can promote them without fear that they'll lose any federal Obamacare funding. Every Republican governor now has a choice—live up to the rhetoric their party is now parroting about protecting people with pre-existing conditions or do what they've intended to all along. Which is to destroy Obamacare by any means possible, no matter the consequences for their constituents. Let’s GOTV! Get revenge by volunteering to get out the vote for Democrats. Click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you,​ and RSVP to attend. Help elect state officials that will protect our healthcare. Please contribute $3 to these state candidates.

If they win the House, Democrats plan to delve back into the Russia probe

House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee are ready to pick up where their GOP counterparts left off on the Russia probe when they summarily shut it down after declaring they found no evidence of collusion. In doing so, the GOP House left a trail of untur
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If they win the House, Democrats plan to delve back into the Russia probe

House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee are ready to pick up where their GOP counterparts left off on the Russia probe when they summarily shut it down after declaring they found no evidence of collusion. In doing so, the GOP House left a trail of unturned stones that Democrats plan to return to as they “ruthlessly prioritize the most important matters first," according to ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff of California. Democrats tell the AP that they're not looking to reopen a boundless inquiry but rather probe the following matters with a good bit of precision. Want to help Democrats vote but unsure how? Try this: click here, enter your zip code, and RSVP for a volunteer shift.

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Top trading calls by Anand Rathi: Buy Granules, Sun Pharma, Wipro

Nifty outlook and top trading ideas by Jay Anand Thakkar, CMT - Assistant Vice President - Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers.
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Top trading calls by Anand Rathi: Buy Granules, Sun Pharma, Wipro

Nifty outlook and top trading ideas by Jay Anand Thakkar, CMT - Assistant Vice President - Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers.

U.S. regulator suspends trading in company for 'false' cryptocurrency claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it temporarily suspended trading in shares of American Retail Group after the company claimed SEC approval as a custodian for cryptocurrency trading.
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U.S. regulator suspends trading in company for 'false' cryptocurrency claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it temporarily suspended trading in shares of American Retail Group after the company claimed SEC approval as a custodian for cryptocurrency trading.

Industrial policy may leverage blockchain tech to digitise land records for easy loans to MSMEs

The proposed industrial policy may suggest leveraging of blockchain technology to digitise land records to enable MSMEs to access easy loans against assets or properties, an official said. Use of blockchain technology to digitise land records would enhance ea
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Industrial policy may leverage blockchain tech to digitise land records for easy loans to MSMEs

The proposed industrial policy may suggest leveraging of blockchain technology to digitise land records to enable MSMEs to access easy loans against assets or properties, an official said. Use of blockchain technology to digitise land records would enhance ease of asset-based lending to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the official said. Property records are generally used as collateral for loans by MSME units and it requires lot of efforts to scrutinise those records. The official said that several states and municipalities are digitising land records but there is no common format or security standards. Blockchain technology can be used to digitise land records across the country as it would simplify the process of proving loans against property for MSMEs, they added. The policy may also suggest other ways to ease the process of lending to these units. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu earlier this month had stated that the policy was ready and would soon be ...

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Water Abundance XPRIZE’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

You may remember that back in May, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from the air. Interestingly, none of those finalists were the winner — after one dropped ou
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Water Abundance XPRIZE’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

You may remember that back in May, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from the air. Interestingly, none of those finalists were the winner — after one dropped out, an eliminated team stepped in and took the prize.

Looks like Tiger Global Management just closed the second biggest venture fund this year

As we noted six months ago, Tiger Global Management, the 17-year-old investment group, is starting to see a whole lot of its venture-related startup investments pay off. We also guessed that because of those wins, the outfit was likely lining up commitments f
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Looks like Tiger Global Management just closed the second biggest venture fund this year

As we noted six months ago, Tiger Global Management, the 17-year-old investment group, is starting to see a whole lot of its venture-related startup investments pay off. We also guessed that because of those wins, the outfit was likely lining up commitments for a new mega fund. It was a safe bet. According to a […]

Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

In an attempt to boost diversity and inclusion efforts and civic engagement between the growing technology industry in Los Angeles and the community that surrounds it, over 80 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs joined the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti
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Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

In an attempt to boost diversity and inclusion efforts and civic engagement between the growing technology industry in Los Angeles and the community that surrounds it, over 80 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs joined the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the non-profit Annenberg Foundation to announce PledgeLA. The initiative is one way in which the Los […]

Water Abundance Xprize’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

You may remember that back in May, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from the air. Interestingly, none of those finalists were the winner — after one dropped ou
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Water Abundance Xprize’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

You may remember that back in May, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from the air. Interestingly, none of those finalists were the winner — after one dropped out, an eliminated team stepped in and took the prize.

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Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Washington's $500 million Museum of the Bible held its grand opening in November 2017, attended by Vice President Mike Pence, there were questions even then about the authenticity of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls. Now t
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Bible Museum admits some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are fake

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Washington's $500 million Museum of the Bible held its grand opening in November 2017, attended by Vice President Mike Pence, there were questions even then about the authenticity of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls. Now the museum has been forced to admit a painful ...

Florida man faces groping charge after flight from Houston

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Florida man is accused of groping a female passenger while on a flight Sunday from Houston to Albuquerque and later telling authorities that the president of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts. Bruc
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Florida man faces groping charge after flight from Houston

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Florida man is accused of groping a female passenger while on a flight Sunday from Houston to Albuquerque and later telling authorities that the president of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts. Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, of Tampa ...

5 Crazy Things to Buy if You Won Mega Millions Jackpot

We all have lottery fantasies. Whether it’s buying a medieval castle or splurging on a retro sports car, the sky’s the limit with a million (or billion) bucks in your name. Well, tomorrow […] The post 5 Crazy Things to Buy if You Won Mega Mi
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5 Crazy Things to Buy if You Won Mega Millions Jackpot

We all have lottery fantasies. Whether it’s buying a medieval castle or splurging on a retro sports car, the sky’s the limit with a million (or billion) bucks in your name. Well, tomorrow […] The post 5 Crazy Things to Buy if You Won Mega Millions Jackpot appeared first on Geek.com.

San Diego-to-Maui flight diverts to Oakland, lands safely

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Diego to Maui diverted to Oakland, California, due to an engine problem and landed safely. Airline spokesman Alex DaSilva says flight HA37 departed San Diego International Airport at 8:25 a.m. Monday
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San Diego-to-Maui flight diverts to Oakland, lands safely

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Diego to Maui diverted to Oakland, California, due to an engine problem and landed safely. Airline spokesman Alex DaSilva says flight HA37 departed San Diego International Airport at 8:25 a.m. Monday and was bound for Kahului Airport when a cockpit ...

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Mario

Mario jumps in! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over […] The post The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character G
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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Mario

Mario jumps in! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over […] The post The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Mario appeared first on Geek.com.

These Cool Eco-Brands Are Reimagining How We Get Dressed

Sustainability isn’t just about the environment anymore. While climate change concerns continue to mount, designers are reimagining accessories, clothes, and footwear for a more circular future. Recycled ocean plastic, old truck tarps, and denim [̷
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These Cool Eco-Brands Are Reimagining How We Get Dressed

Sustainability isn’t just about the environment anymore. While climate change concerns continue to mount, designers are reimagining accessories, clothes, and footwear for a more circular future. Recycled ocean plastic, old truck tarps, and denim […] The post These Cool Eco-Brands Are Reimagining How We Get Dressed appeared first on Geek.com.

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Despite looming tough schedule, Packers concentrate on 'self-improvement'

The Green Bay Packers' next two games are against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams and veteran New England Patriots.
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Despite looming tough schedule, Packers concentrate on 'self-improvement'

The Green Bay Packers' next two games are against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams and veteran New England Patriots.

Vucevic scores 24 with 12 rebounds as Magic hold off Celtics

Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 12 rebounds while the Orlando Magic survived two 3-point attempts by Boston in the closing seconds to beat the Celtics 93-90
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Vucevic scores 24 with 12 rebounds as Magic hold off Celtics

Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 12 rebounds while the Orlando Magic survived two 3-point attempts by Boston in the closing seconds to beat the Celtics 93-90

Lakers' Ingram grateful 4-game suspension wasn't harsher

Brandon Ingram is grateful he wasn't punished more harshly for his role in the fight that got the Los Angeles Lakers' season off to a weird start
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Lakers' Ingram grateful 4-game suspension wasn't harsher

Brandon Ingram is grateful he wasn't punished more harshly for his role in the fight that got the Los Angeles Lakers' season off to a weird start

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