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Morning Digest: Beto O'Rourke showed how Democrats could flip Texas' House—and stop gerrymandering

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead
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Morning Digest: Beto O'Rourke showed how Democrats could flip Texas' House—and stop gerrymandering

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● TX State House: On Monday, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announced that he would not seek re-election to Texas' state House next year, but the news has implications well beyond his seat. Not only could Stickland’s retirement point to a path for Democrats to retake the chamber for the first time since 2002, but doing so could spell an end to GOP gerrymandering in the second-largest state in the country. Campaign Action A conservative hardliner, Stickland only won re-election by a 50-47 margin last year over Democrat Steve Riddell as GOP Sen. Ted Cruz carried his Fort Worth-area 92nd District by a similar 51-48 spread. That makes Stickland’s seat a top pickup target next year for Democrats, who need to flip nine seats to win the 150-member Texas House, and Riddell has already said he’ll run again. And this district is emblematic of many others. The Texas Legislative Council has calculated that Democrat Beto O'Rourke won a majority of seats in the House—76 in total—meaning, coincidentally, that exactly nine Republicans hold districts that voted blue in 2018's Senate race. That’s a huge improvement from 2016, when Hillary Clinton carried just 65 seats. What’s more, another eight Republicans sit in districts where, as in Stickland’s, Cruz only won by 4 points or less. These are the seats that offer Democrats a roadmap to a majority. Stickland's near-loss was a result of the tidal wave that hit Texas in 2018, which saw Democrats gain 12 seats in the state House: After a series of easy victories, Stickland ran into the reality that diversifying and highly educated suburban districts such as his had veered sharply to the left in reaction to Donald Trump and would no longer reflexively tolerate his extreme views. With demographics continuing to shift, resulting in people of color and college-educated white voters making up an increasing share of the electorate, Texas’ once-red suburbs will be fiercely contested in 2020. Lone Star Democrats will go all-in on the House next year, both because the state Senate is safely red and because if they can win the lower chamber, they’ll be able to block all the diabolical legislation the GOP can currently pass with no resistance. That includes everything from bills to strip abortion rights to another Republican gerrymander of Texas’ congressional map.

'Ty ponimayesh?' UFC's Henry Cejudo continues goading of Lomachenko with Russian message

UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has stepped up his online assault on Vasyl Lomachenko with a Russian message to the pound for pound boxing king by calling out the Ukrainian's wrestling and MMA experience. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Ty ponimayesh?' UFC's Henry Cejudo continues goading of Lomachenko with Russian message

UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has stepped up his online assault on Vasyl Lomachenko with a Russian message to the pound for pound boxing king by calling out the Ukrainian's wrestling and MMA experience. Read Full Article at RT.com

Russia’s advanced S-500 SAM ‘ready for series production’ – minister

The S-500 Prometey, Russia’s next-generation surface-to-air long-range missile system, has completed most of its trials and is ready to go into series production, according to the Russian industry and trade minister. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russia’s advanced S-500 SAM ‘ready for series production’ – minister

The S-500 Prometey, Russia’s next-generation surface-to-air long-range missile system, has completed most of its trials and is ready to go into series production, according to the Russian industry and trade minister. Read Full Article at RT.com

‘State secret?’ Defiant BoJo fails 26 times to answer ... was photo with girlfriend ‘STAGED’?

Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson has declined to refute allegations that a photo of him and his partner in the English countryside was “staged” or “old” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘State secret?’ Defiant BoJo fails 26 times to answer ... was photo with girlfriend ‘STAGED’?

Tory leadership favorite Boris Johnson has declined to refute allegations that a photo of him and his partner in the English countryside was “staged” or “old” in a radio interview on Tuesday. Read Full Article at RT.com

Former Sacramento Kings executive jailed for defrauding team of $13.4 million

Jeffrey David, a former executive of NBA team the Sacramento Kings, has been sentenced to seven years in jail after being found to have funneled cash from the team into a private account which funded personal purchases. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Former Sacramento Kings executive jailed for defrauding team of $13.4 million

Jeffrey David, a former executive of NBA team the Sacramento Kings, has been sentenced to seven years in jail after being found to have funneled cash from the team into a private account which funded personal purchases. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Gold enters long-term bull market but analysts urge short-term caution

Experts are now eyeing the Trump-Xi meeting on Saturday; if a deal to end the trade war is struck, gold could shed $100 quickly. But if things worsen it could move by as much as $200
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Gold enters long-term bull market but analysts urge short-term caution

Experts are now eyeing the Trump-Xi meeting on Saturday; if a deal to end the trade war is struck, gold could shed $100 quickly. But if things worsen it could move by as much as $200

The Impossible Burger shortage: Why it's hard to find this meat-free burger - CNET

Impossible Foods’ new fast-food partnerships are causing a shortage at many of the restaurants where it was first available.
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The Impossible Burger shortage: Why it's hard to find this meat-free burger - CNET

Impossible Foods’ new fast-food partnerships are causing a shortage at many of the restaurants where it was first available.

Cars.com ranked the 15 'most American vehicles' and the results are kind of surprising - Roadshow

With three of the top five spots on the list being occupied by a single Japanese manufacturer, it makes you wonder what everyone else is thinking?
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Cars.com ranked the 15 'most American vehicles' and the results are kind of surprising - Roadshow

With three of the top five spots on the list being occupied by a single Japanese manufacturer, it makes you wonder what everyone else is thinking?

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SpaceX records another first for re-usable rocketry by catching Falcon Heavy fairing with a boat

SpaceX has managed to do another thing which seemed audacious and highly unlikely after a few early botched attempts – it used a ship at sea to catch the falling nosecone that shielded the cargo aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket during launch. The maneuver sa
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SpaceX records another first for re-usable rocketry by catching Falcon Heavy fairing with a boat

SpaceX has managed to do another thing which seemed audacious and highly unlikely after a few early botched attempts – it used a ship at sea to catch the falling nosecone that shielded the cargo aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket during launch. The maneuver saw a SpaceX -owned barge called Ms. Tree rigged with a […]

Indonesia’s Kopi Kenangan raises a sweet $20M to expand its coffee business

Kopi Kenangan, a startup that wants to make quality, fresh coffee affordable to Indonesian consumers, has raised $20 million as it begins to consider overseas expansion in Southeast Asia. The round comes courtesy of Sequoia India and Southeast Asia, via the $
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Indonesia’s Kopi Kenangan raises a sweet $20M to expand its coffee business

Kopi Kenangan, a startup that wants to make quality, fresh coffee affordable to Indonesian consumers, has raised $20 million as it begins to consider overseas expansion in Southeast Asia. The round comes courtesy of Sequoia India and Southeast Asia, via the $695 million investment fund it closed last year. Kopi Kenangan previously raised $8 million […]

Expedition 59 Space Station Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft is seen as it lands in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan with Expedition 59 crew members.
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Expedition 59 Space Station Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft is seen as it lands in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan with Expedition 59 crew members.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 Promises 48 Hours of Deals

Next month’s Amazon Prime Day 2019 will be a two-day parade of deals. The annual sale kicks off at midnight PT on Monday, July 15, and—for the first time ever—runs for a full […] The post Amazon Prime Day 2019 Promises 48 Hours of Deals appear
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Amazon Prime Day 2019 Promises 48 Hours of Deals

Next month’s Amazon Prime Day 2019 will be a two-day parade of deals. The annual sale kicks off at midnight PT on Monday, July 15, and—for the first time ever—runs for a full […] The post Amazon Prime Day 2019 Promises 48 Hours of Deals appeared first on Geek.com.

Raspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data

Turns out, a $35 off-the-shelf computer is all it takes to infiltrate the U.S. government. In April 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered a hacker gained access to one of its “major mission […] The post Raspberry Pi Used to Stea
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Raspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data

Turns out, a $35 off-the-shelf computer is all it takes to infiltrate the U.S. government. In April 2018, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered a hacker gained access to one of its “major mission […] The post Raspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data appeared first on Geek.com.

Chicken Cock Whiskey Releases Beer Barrel Select

Inspired by the two award-winning limited releases — the 160th Anniversary 8-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon and 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon — Chicken Cock Whiskey recently released 1,800 bottles of Beer Barrel Select, a blend of 1.5-11.5 year old Ke
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Chicken Cock Whiskey Releases Beer Barrel Select

Inspired by the two award-winning limited releases — the 160th Anniversary 8-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon and 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon — Chicken Cock Whiskey recently released 1,800 bottles of Beer Barrel Select, a blend of 1.5-11.5 year old Kentucky Bourbons finished in Walnut Brown Ale barrels, as per the brand.“This most recent limited release from Chicken Cock Whiskey — one of the oldest American Whiskey brands, est. 1856 in Paris, Kentucky — is the result of creative partnership, a hallmark approach of the brand and its parent company, Grain & Barrel Spirits. In the summer of 2018, six barrels that had held Chicken Cock's 10-Year-Old Double Barrel Bourbon were given to Goodwood Brewing in Louisville to finish their Walnut Brown Ale,” says Chicken Cock Whiskey.Once finished, Goodwood Brewing handed over those six barrels back to Chicken Cock. Chicken Cock Master Distiller Gregg Snyder, working alongside O.Z. Tyler's Master Distiller Jacob Call, then filled them with a blend of 100% Kentucky Bourbon aged 1.5-11.5 years. The Bourbon was finished in the six barrels for six months before final blending and bottling, yielding a mere 1,800 bottles of this all-Kentucky collaborative release, according to the whiskey brand.Beer Barrel Select is believed to be full-bodied, producing initial notes of butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla, which are followed by a hint of toasted oak, and then a sweet finish with nut and chocolate flavors. Never chill-filtered, Beer Barrel Select retains the flavors and slight haze of the Walnut Brown Ale. Chicken Cock's unique, Prohibition-era bottle and «sipping glass» lid complete the heritage bourbon experience.Founded in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky (10 years before Jack Daniels), Chicken Cock rose to fame as the house whiskey at the Cotton Club, one of the most legendary speakeasies during Prohibition. Known as «The Famous Old Brand» and «The Whiskey in a Tin Can,» Chicken Cock was smuggled into the Club in sealed tin cans, then ceremoniously opened tableside, as per the brand.Established in 2012 by entrepreneur Matti Anttila, West Palm Beach, Florida-based Grain & Barrel Spirits is an emerging craft spirits company at home in the Southeast with production and sales partners around the world. Wholly-owned brands include Dixie Southern Vodka, the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast; pre-Prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey; and The Endless Summer Spirits Company.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Beer Barrel Select.   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

The Extravagant Release of HyperNature by Perrier-Jouët in Paris

Maison Perrier-Jouet recently brought together curious minds to participate in an unprecedented dialog between champagne and gastronomy, revolving around nature. The launch was celebrated with hundreds of special guests discovering HyperNature by Perrier-Joue
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The Extravagant Release of HyperNature by Perrier-Jouët in Paris

Maison Perrier-Jouet recently brought together curious minds to participate in an unprecedented dialog between champagne and gastronomy, revolving around nature. The launch was celebrated with hundreds of special guests discovering HyperNature by Perrier-Jouet, a unique experiences program curated by the Casa, according to Maison Perrier-Jouet.The event also witnessed a charming acoustic concert by French indie duo Brigitte. Among the guests at the launch were a series of House Artisans of Nature, an international community of ambassadors, representing a variety of creative fields, art and design, fashion and food, embodying House values. The Artisans of Nature, model Winnie Harlow, British designer Bethan Laura Wood, Michelin star chef Akrame Benallal, and the French gallery of contemporary art, Emmanuel Perrotin , were all present, spreading the free spirit of Maison Perrier-Jouet.The extraordinary setting on the rooftop of Le Dernier Etage in Paris was clubbed with the extravagance of Maison Perrier-Jouet's Art of Nature. The area was altered for next week, with nature reinvented to affirm itself at every moment and in each beautiful panoramic view of the city, enhancing the ambience while the day turns into night.“A varied program of workshops, facilities, live music, and celebrations that bring together art, nature, food and champagne as part of HyperNature by Perrier-Jouet will be held throughout the week. Among them, the Maison Perrier-Jouet Winery Master, Herve Deschamps, will perform exclusive tastings for clients (re) discover the floral and complex style that defined the Maison Perrier-Jouet champagne since its foundation in 1811. HyperNature table by Akrame, a harmonious meeting between the gastronomy of Akrame Benallal and the wine base of Perrier-Jouet, will be open for lunch and dinner during the week. Bethan Laura Wood's stunning and interactive full-length log carving will offer an extravagant ritual of tasting new champagne, while the aromas of the base wine Blanc de Blancs of Perrier-Jouet will be revealed with an innovative olfactory experience,” says Maison Perrier-Jouet.HyperNature by Perrier-Jouet is a unique chance to uncover more than 200 years of the heritage of Maison Perrier-Jouet and an opportunity to witness the universe of the Art of Nature.Maison Perrier-Jouet's has always taken the creative liberty and has been inspired by nature since its foundation. This enduring link between art and nature is now manifested through Art of Nature: the universe as seen by the House, to re-enact everyday life through the presence of wild and vibrant nature, according to Maison Perrier-Jouet.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the event.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Casio Joins Make Music Day Celebrations in New York

Casio America Inc. recently joined the Make Music celebrations by joining Make Music New York's Mass Appeal Vocals event performance. Since 2007, every year, Make Music New York has organized its Summer Solstice Music Celebration in June, producing free commu
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Casio Joins Make Music Day Celebrations in New York

Casio America Inc. recently joined the Make Music celebrations by joining Make Music New York's Mass Appeal Vocals event performance. Since 2007, every year, Make Music New York has organized its Summer Solstice Music Celebration in June, producing free community events and performances throughout the city for musicians of all ages, as per Casio.This year, Casio's PRIVIA PX-S1000 featured during its Mass Appeal Vocals performance event at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, where singers and instrumentalists came together to perform Mozart's Requiem.«Casio is thrilled to return to Make Music New York this year and join the celebration with our latest addition to our PRIVIA digital piano line-up,» said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio's Electronic Music Instruments Division. «The PX-S1000 includes innovations that make playing the piano more enjoyable than ever, and we look forward to hearing it performed during Mozart's Requiem.» «Make Music New York is so happy to partner again with Casio to bring free music to the people of NYC as performed by our amazing home-grown talent,» said James Burke, Executive Director of Make Music New York. «Mass Appeal Vocals: Mozart's Requiem, open to singers of all ages and backgrounds and presented in the heart of Central Park, is a highlight of our 2019 line-up, and having a Casio PX-S1000 on hand to lead our orchestra and vocalists will make the concert ring.»“Casio's PRIVIA PX-S1000, the newly developed Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard makes its slim depth possible, creating a new level of portability without sacrificing authenticity. Going beyond the accepted standards for hammer-action keyboard, the new design reproduces the individual response characteristics of each of the 88 keys on a grand piano. The AiR Sound Source delivers the natural tone of a grand piano with string and damper resonance, and even includes mechanical damper and key sounds. With the PX-S1000's Bluetooth audio playback feature, players can connect to their device and use the powerful built-in speaker system to listen or play along with their favorite songs,” says Casio.Casio America Inc. was founded in 1957, with markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers, and other consumer electronic products.The Make Music New York celebrates and connects New Yorkers with their communities and with each other; and energizes the shared social spaces that make NYC a cultural capital.   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Innovative Solutions and New Products Attract Buyers at Asia's Mid-Year Fine Jewelry Show

Occupying 70,000 square meters of exhibition space, June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair offered its exceptional brand of sourcing experience to thousands of buyers recently at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Divided into 21 them
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Innovative Solutions and New Products Attract Buyers at Asia's Mid-Year Fine Jewelry Show

Occupying 70,000 square meters of exhibition space, June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair offered its exceptional brand of sourcing experience to thousands of buyers recently at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Divided into 21 theme and 18 group pavilions for easier navigation, the exhibition trained its spotlight on the latest product releases and market updates impacting the trade with its roster of more than 1,900 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, according to June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.«The June Fair occupies a unique position in the industry,» says Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets. «It literally brings the jewellery world under one roof, and it is perfectly timed for wholesalers, retailers and distributors who are building up their seasonal essentials.»This year’s fair witnessed two thematic zones, Technology and Lab-Grown Diamonds, and the industry-led Australia Pavilion under the national and group pavilions category.The fair also featured three seminars organized by ACODES (Colombian Association of Emerald Exporters), The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong and the Japan Pearl Promotion Society, which will highlight developments in the colored gemstone and pearl sectors.By-invitation-only events were also held. At one such event, the winners of the JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 were announced. The JNA Awards also revealed this year's finalists across 11 categories.“Prominent names in the diamond world will be unveiling collections in virtually every quality range at the Diamond Pavilion. The Fine Design Pavilion/Fine Gem Pavilion, one of the June Fair's premier destinations, will likewise present some of the rarest gifts of nature: diamonds of the highest degree of fire and sparkle, and coloured gemstones of the most exceptional quality,” says June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.The jewelry fair is a hub and a popular destination for high concentration of established colored gemstone dealers, offering unmatched opportunities in sourcing the «Big Three» of the gemstone world, ruby, sapphire and emerald, and other exceptional gemstones in a range of prices and qualities. Pearls, the «Queen of Gems,» were also widely available both loose and set in jewelry. Expect suppliers to introduce edgy updates to classic styles using pearls in various shapes, from perfectly round gems to baroque and circled pearls.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the event.   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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Evans: Bern attack mode location «probably saved» Vergne

Evans had qualified on the front row alongside polesitter Vergne but, following the lengthy red flag period, the Jaguar driver had a clear edge on pace.The narrow Bern circuit meant overtaking was at a premium and Vergne's defending at the downhill run to Tur
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Evans: Bern attack mode location «probably saved» Vergne

Evans had qualified on the front row alongside polesitter Vergne but, following the lengthy red flag period, the Jaguar driver had a clear edge on pace.The narrow Bern circuit meant overtaking was at a premium and Vergne's defending at the downhill run to Turn 3, the long Turn 6 bend and on entry to the Turn 7 left-hander stifled Evans's attempts to pass.Read Also:Swiss E-Prix ...Keep reading

World RX's electric Projekt E series to begin testing in July

Following news from the World Motor Sport Council recently that plans remain underway to introduce electric cars into World RX’s main category from 2021, series promoter IMG has confirmed that its proposed Projekt E concept will begin next year.Branding th
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World RX's electric Projekt E series to begin testing in July

Following news from the World Motor Sport Council recently that plans remain underway to introduce electric cars into World RX’s main category from 2021, series promoter IMG has confirmed that its proposed Projekt E concept will begin next year.Branding the concept as an “electric development series”, running at selected European rounds of the calendar, IMG says the “underlying aim of ...Keep reading

Latest Honda F1 upgrade inspired by jet engine tech

The ‘Spec 3’ engine introduced at last weekend’s French Grand Prix featured upgrades mainly around the turbo and the internal combustion engine.Honda’s F1 research and development personnel at Sakura have been working with their jet-engine counterpart
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Latest Honda F1 upgrade inspired by jet engine tech

The ‘Spec 3’ engine introduced at last weekend’s French Grand Prix featured upgrades mainly around the turbo and the internal combustion engine.Honda’s F1 research and development personnel at Sakura have been working with their jet-engine counterparts for two years, and this collaboration paved the way for a major breakthrough with the reliability of Honda’s MGU-H in the ...Keep reading

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