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While Trump golfs, survivors hit him for avoiding them, 'he's scared of us, doesn't want to face us'

Donald Trump did a whirlwind tour at a Florida hospital to meet with a small number of survivors and first responders of the Stoneman Douglas Highs School mass shooting before he headed back to Mar-a-Lago to spend the weekend partying at the members-only clu
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While Trump golfs, survivors hit him for avoiding them, 'he's scared of us, doesn't want to face us'

Donald Trump did a whirlwind tour at a Florida hospital to meet with a small number of survivors and first responders of the Stoneman Douglas Highs School mass shooting before he headed back to Mar-a-Lago to spend the weekend partying at the members-only club. Seventeen people were killed and 14 more injured only 40 miles away and Donald Trump was all smiles, back to posing with his deplorable paying guests.  xTonight at #Maralago ✨✨ @realDonaldTrump @OrphansPromise @JennaBrowder @TheBrodyFile pic.twitter.com/1QqpuWwCv3— Ali Browder (@AliBrowder) February 18, 2018 Instead of speaking with the outraged survivors of the last mass shooting, the White House has announced some loosely defined “listening session.”

Report reveals the effects of legalized discrimination on LGBTQ people—and proves its illegality

Human Rights Watch has done it again, releasing on Monday an invaluable—and deeply troubling—report documenting the effects of so-called religious liberty laws that permit discrimination against LGBTQ people, among others. The researchers and authors beh
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Report reveals the effects of legalized discrimination on LGBTQ people—and proves its illegality

Human Rights Watch has done it again, releasing on Monday an invaluable—and deeply troubling—report documenting the effects of so-called religious liberty laws that permit discrimination against LGBTQ people, among others. The researchers and authors behind the publication have made the effects of these laws legible to those who live outside of the states in which they apply, using not just numbers but stories.  Consider the words of Pastor Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear, a lesbian living in Mississippi: “We’re not being melodramatic. You’re being treated with disrespect, as a second-class citizen—not even a citizen, an outsider. And after a while, that begins to tear a person down, to hurt them emotionally and spiritually. Rejection is hard for everyone, and we get it over and over.” Over the past six months, the report’s author, HRW LGBTQ rights researcher Ryan Thoreson, interviewed nearly 120 LGBTQ people across the country, including service providers and advocates in states with laws allowing businesses, healthcare providers and adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate based on their moral or religious beliefs. The report couldn’t be more timely. These “religious liberty” laws are picking up steam, and a major LGBTQ rights case that hinges on the limits of religious freedom as an excuse for discrimination—the infamous cake artist case, involving a baker refusing to make “cake art” for a gay couple—is before the Supreme Court this term. In recent years and mostly since 2015, when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, numerous states have considered and at least eight US states have enacted new laws that permit people to infringe on the rights of LGBT individuals and their families to the extent they believe that discriminating against them is necessary to uphold their own religious or moral beliefs. In 2018, lawmakers in at least six other states will consider similar legislation. These laws and bills vary in scope. As has been widely publicized, some would permit people to refuse to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies or to provide goods and services related to such weddings. Others, less widely publicized, would permit child welfare agencies, physical and mental health providers, businesses that serve the public, and other actors to refuse service to LGBT people and other groups. Such legislation immediately endangers LGBT rights. By allowing people to elevate their prejudices above fairness and equality, it also threatens the broader principle that people should not be refused goods and services solely because of who they are.

Midday open thread: President's Day, the nuclear football and Stormy Daniels

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Another particle blaster incident: What you missed on Sunday Kos … Celebrating the life my mom lived rather than the one we had hoped for her, by Kerry Eleveld How Republicans stole the Second Amendment,
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Midday open thread: President's Day, the nuclear football and Stormy Daniels

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Another particle blaster incident: What you missed on Sunday Kos … Celebrating the life my mom lived rather than the one we had hoped for her, by Kerry Eleveld How Republicans stole the Second Amendment, Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza I can't wait for people of every color to be wearing Black Panther costumes, by Ian Reifowitz The first rule of White House Wife Beaters Club is don't talk about ... the wives, by Frank Vyan Walton Despite Trump's praise of Rob Porter, domestic violence remains a deadly threat, by Sher Watts Spooner If Democrats provide an answer to these types of problems, they are unbeatable, by Egberto Willies Thoughts and prayers are not doing a damn thing, by Mark E Andersen Black History Month: The vejigante masks and bomba music of Puerto Rico, by Denise Oliver Velez On this President’s Day:  xOn this President's Day, congratulations to James Buchanan on finally moving out of the bottom spot in the presidential rankings. https://t.co/p8slBKFMbe pic.twitter.com/wh9kwMyMsj— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 19, 2018 Oh. On Thursday Nov. 9, when President Trump and his team visited Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent skirmished with Chinese security officials over the nuclear football. Comedy from the White House travel pool report on Sunday: Motorcade drove past Ultra Gentleman’s Club near Palm Beach International Airport, which was advertising an event: “Stormy Daniels Making America Horny Again.” The sign said the event is taking place April 13-14.  They never show this on those ads for cruises: Violent brawls and disruptive behavior on a 10-day Carnival Line cruise in the South Pacific led the ship to dock early so Australian police could remove a large family of 23 people. Cellphone video from the ship shows passengers on the Carnival Legend tussling with each other and security officers amid shouting and screams from alarmed onlookers. The video also shows security officers kicking passengers after they were down on the floor. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Armando join us in wrapping up a wild weekend of Trump rage-tweets, Mueller indictments, contrarian hot takes on both, and much more. Is you sate thinking of arming teachers? Beware: no one enforces the «safety rules» until it’s too late. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Sickening: WH official tells Washington Post that mass shooting was a 'reprieve' from their scandals

The Trump White House has been faced with one scandal after another from the minute he took office. Last week was a particularly bad one. The adult film star he allegedly had an affair with said her $130,000 hush money agreement was null and void and she w
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Sickening: WH official tells Washington Post that mass shooting was a 'reprieve' from their scandals

The Trump White House has been faced with one scandal after another from the minute he took office. Last week was a particularly bad one. The adult film star he allegedly had an affair with said her $130,000 hush money agreement was null and void and she was ready to talk. A former Playboy model stepped forward to detail her 9-month-long affair with a recently married Donald Trump in 2006. The White House backed and then backed away from Rob Porter, Trump’s staff secretary who reportedly physically abused both his former wives and inexplicably got hired by the Trump White House, despite an FBI background check finding credible evidence he was abusive and open to blackmail. And then, of course, came the tragedy in Florida, where a former student used an assault weapon to commit mass murder at his former high school.  At least one White House official said the tragedy gave the White House staff just the break they needed. From the Washington Post: “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said one White House official, speaking anonymously to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.” The official likened the brief political calm to the aftermath of the October 2017 gun massacre in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and hundreds more injured. That tragedy united White House aides and the country in their shared mourning for the victims and their families. “But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we’ll be back through the chaos,” the official said. Absolutely sickening. 

The Republicans' war on science is slaughtering our children

Campaign Action The proud know-nothings of the NRA and in the Republican party insist that nothing could work to stop gun violence (the bad guy with the gun) while they prop up the industry, flooding our streets with machines of mass destruction. Because, t
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The Republicans' war on science is slaughtering our children

Campaign Action The proud know-nothings of the NRA and in the Republican party insist that nothing could work to stop gun violence (the bad guy with the gun) while they prop up the industry, flooding our streets with machines of mass destruction. Because, they say, experience proves nothing will work. Because, they say, it will just keep happening. Meanwhile, for the past 22 years, they've throttled any and all public policy research into what might actually prevent our children from being slaughtered with guns. Dr.Mark L. Rosenberg, current president emeritus of the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, was the first director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and he has some thoughts on this. The exact causes of America’s rise in mass shootings—and the best ways to prevent such violence—remain uncertain all these years after Columbine. Should we focus our efforts on mental health? Would a ban on semi-automatic rifles necessarily solve the problem? What if the surest bet is for schools to install metal detectors in their halls? To those of us in the public health community, the path forward is clear: To solve this nationwide crisis of firearm injuries and deaths, we must pursue the same kind of scientific research that showed us how to save millions of lives from cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. The same type of scientific research that helped us save half a million lives from road traffic crashes, without banning cars. The same kind of scientific research that proved that second-hand smoke harms people. Common sense doesn’t tell us whether a ban on semi-automatic rifles will reduce mass shootings—that question is too complicated for us to simply work out in our heads. But it’s possible a well-designed study could, and would in turn build public trust in any resulting legislation. The problem is that scientists don’t have the resources to do the research we so urgently need. We used to be able to conduct such work. In the 1980s, researchers at the CDC began a program to find out how to prevent gun violence. But in 1996, Congress, with prodding from the NRA, stepped in. That year, the House and Senate passed the so-called Dickey amendment, which declared that none of the federal funds for the CDC’s injury center could be used «to promote or advocate gun control.» The amendment did not explicitly prohibit the CDC from conducting gun violence research; it prohibited the CDC (and later, other federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health) from lobbying for gun control legislation. Nevertheless, the provision was a shot across the bow and had a chilling effect.

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PNB's haste closed all options to clear debt, Nirav Modi tells banks

Your actions have destroyed my brand and the business and have now restricted your ability to recover all the dues, said Nirav Modi
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PNB's haste closed all options to clear debt, Nirav Modi tells banks

Your actions have destroyed my brand and the business and have now restricted your ability to recover all the dues, said Nirav Modi

Rs 114-bn PNB scam: Govt seeks RBI's view on lapses in banking system

In its letter, finance ministry has pointed to sections 35, 35A and 36 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, to highlight the powers and functions of the RBI as regulator
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Rs 114-bn PNB scam: Govt seeks RBI's view on lapses in banking system

In its letter, finance ministry has pointed to sections 35, 35A and 36 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, to highlight the powers and functions of the RBI as regulator

See a burnt Falcon Heavy booster in person this week - CNET

One of the recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets that launched the historic Falcon Heavy system to space for the first time is hanging out at Kennedy Space Center for a few days.
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See a burnt Falcon Heavy booster in person this week - CNET

One of the recycled SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets that launched the historic Falcon Heavy system to space for the first time is hanging out at Kennedy Space Center for a few days.

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Author Brian Dear talks about the amazing PLATO computing system

 Before Xerox Parc there was PLATO. This amazing computing system came to life in 1960 and by the 1970s was running a number of graphical terminals well before the rise of Xerox PARC and the Alto. This wild little system used some unique hardware and sof
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Author Brian Dear talks about the amazing PLATO computing system

 Before Xerox Parc there was PLATO. This amazing computing system came to life in 1960 and by the 1970s was running a number of graphical terminals well before the rise of Xerox PARC and the Alto. This wild little system used some unique hardware and software to create true early educational computing projects and author Brian Dear has written an amazing book on the project. Called Friendly… Read More

The $20 Wyze security camera gets a sequel with improved intelligence and Amazon Echo support

 The team behind WyzeCam is full of surprises. First they introduced a $20 plug and play security camera in October of last year, and now they’re already back with the sequel. The simply titled WyzeCam v2 is here, less than half a year later, bring
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The $20 Wyze security camera gets a sequel with improved intelligence and Amazon Echo support

 The team behind WyzeCam is full of surprises. First they introduced a $20 plug and play security camera in October of last year, and now they’re already back with the sequel. The simply titled WyzeCam v2 is here, less than half a year later, bringing with it some pretty welcome updates. The first version of the camera actually scored some pretty decent reviews for all it was able to… Read More

Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devices

 Last week we reported a major bug in Apple operating systems that would cause them to crash from mere exposure to either of two specific Unicode symbols. Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3
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Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devices

 Last week we reported a major bug in Apple operating systems that would cause them to crash from mere exposure to either of two specific Unicode symbols. Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3, both now available for download. Read More

Combining augmented reality, 3D printing and a robotic arm to prototype in real time

 Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA) is a joint project out of MIT and Cornell that brings together a variety of different emerging technologies in an attempt to build a better prototyping machine. Using an augmented reality headset and two controllers, th
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Combining augmented reality, 3D printing and a robotic arm to prototype in real time

 Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA) is a joint project out of MIT and Cornell that brings together a variety of different emerging technologies in an attempt to build a better prototyping machine. Using an augmented reality headset and two controllers, the designer builds a 3D model using a CAD (computer-aided design) program. A robotic arm then goes to work constructing a skeletal model using… Read More

Life sciences startup Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches

 Avro, a life sciences startup in Y Combinator’s current batch, is banking on a method to deliver medications to populations unable to swallow or chew — it will administer them through the skin. Starting with allergy medications, the startup
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Life sciences startup Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches

 Avro, a life sciences startup in Y Combinator’s current batch, is banking on a method to deliver medications to populations unable to swallow or chew — it will administer them through the skin. Starting with allergy medications, the startup is developing skin patches that release drugs commonly used in seasonal allergies for children. The patches can deliver a variety of drugs. Read More

Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities

 Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major U.S. cities (except arguably Houston), determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood. Yet as their complexity has risen, academics are increasingl
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Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities

 Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major U.S. cities (except arguably Houston), determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood. Yet as their complexity has risen, academics are increasingly exploring whether their rule-based systems for rationalizing urban space could be replaced with dynamic systems based on blockchains,… Read More

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Geek Presidents’ Day Deals: Dell PCs, 4K TVs, and more

Today is Presidents’ Day, and that means big savings on loads of products. If you’re looking for a new computer, 4K television, quad-copter, or some other new electronic gear, you’re bound to find […] The post Geek Presidents’ Da
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Geek Presidents’ Day Deals: Dell PCs, 4K TVs, and more

Today is Presidents’ Day, and that means big savings on loads of products. If you’re looking for a new computer, 4K television, quad-copter, or some other new electronic gear, you’re bound to find […] The post Geek Presidents’ Day Deals: Dell PCs, 4K TVs, and more appeared first on Geek.com.

Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee rural California

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) - A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said. The blaze burning thr
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Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee rural California

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) - A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said. The blaze burning through chaparral bush and shrub oak had scorched 4 square miles (11 square kilometers) ...

Native images in exhibit questions how America is defined

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success. The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of t
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Native images in exhibit questions how America is defined

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Bold. Visionary. A spectacular success. The words in an online promotion for a new museum exhibit in Washington, D.C., describe an 1830 U.S. law that forced thousands of American Indians from their lands in the South to areas west of the Mississippi River. Provocative, yes, says ...

Greek carnival celebrations get a little flour power

GALAXIDI, Greece (AP) - For a few hours every year, residents and visitors of this pretty Greek seaside town have a license to lose their civility. They have what's known as a «flour war» - participants pelt each other with bags of dyed flour alon
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Greek carnival celebrations get a little flour power

GALAXIDI, Greece (AP) - For a few hours every year, residents and visitors of this pretty Greek seaside town have a license to lose their civility. They have what's known as a «flour war» - participants pelt each other with bags of dyed flour along the coastal road lining Galaxidi's ...

Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family

NEW YORK (AP) - When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children could not come with him because they we
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Trump revives push for limits on immigrants bringing family

NEW YORK (AP) - When the U.S. government approved Ricardo Magpantay, his wife and young children to immigrate to America from the Philippines, it was 1991. By the time a visa was available, it was 2005, and his children could not come with him because they were now adults. More ...

Opinions vary on possible Dallas-Houston bullet train

COTTON GIN, Texas (AP) - William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else's future. The Houston Chronicle reports he has spent more than five years rebuilding his family's ancestral home, board by board, and has no intenti
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Opinions vary on possible Dallas-Houston bullet train

COTTON GIN, Texas (AP) - William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else's future. The Houston Chronicle reports he has spent more than five years rebuilding his family's ancestral home, board by board, and has no intention of leaving ...

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Immobile ends drought with 2 goals to help Lazio beat Verona

ROME (AP) Ciro Immobile boosted his bid for Serie A's top goalscorer award with another two goals as Lazio beat relegation-threatened Hellas Verona 2-0 on Monday.
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Immobile ends drought with 2 goals to help Lazio beat Verona

ROME (AP) Ciro Immobile boosted his bid for Serie A's top goalscorer award with another two goals as Lazio beat relegation-threatened Hellas Verona 2-0 on Monday.

Musgrove sees opportunity with trade to Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Joe Musgrove started in the All-Star Futures Games two years ago when he was a Houston Astros' prospect. Now, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope the right-hander can be a big part of their future.
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Musgrove sees opportunity with trade to Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Joe Musgrove started in the All-Star Futures Games two years ago when he was a Houston Astros' prospect. Now, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope the right-hander can be a big part of their future.

No. 2 Michigan State has shot to seal share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title by beating Illinois at the Breslin Center, where three seniors will be honored at their last home game.
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No. 2 Michigan State has shot to seal share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title by beating Illinois at the Breslin Center, where three seniors will be honored at their last home game.

Fergie apologizes for NBA All-Star anthem performance

Fergie has apologized for her strange rendition of the national anthem prior to Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.The singer was widely criticized and mocked for her bizarre, slowed-down jazz version of the anthem, and she told TMZ Sports that she tried to take a
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Fergie apologizes for NBA All-Star anthem performance

Fergie has apologized for her strange rendition of the national anthem prior to Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.The singer was widely criticized and mocked for her bizarre, slowed-down jazz version of the anthem, and she told TMZ Sports that she tried to take a risk that obviously didn’t pay off.“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” Fergie said. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”It’s never a great sign when the players are trying not to laugh during the performance, and that’s what was happening Sunday. It’s probably best to just play it straight next time.

Beltre still the big name for Rangers without big additions

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Adrian Beltre would bring in some big-time free agents if he was making those kinds of decisions for the Texas Rangers. The veteran third baseman just wants to win a World Series before the end of his career.
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Beltre still the big name for Rangers without big additions

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Adrian Beltre would bring in some big-time free agents if he was making those kinds of decisions for the Texas Rangers. The veteran third baseman just wants to win a World Series before the end of his career.

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