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New Russian bill orders sacking of MPs whose spend exceeds official income

The Lower House Security Committee of the Russian parliament has approved a new draft law which allows to firing of federal lawmakers who lie in their income declarations and spend more than they officially earn. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Republican reps vote to let religious child-welfare groups discriminate against LGBTQ people

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee okayed an amendment that sparked anger in the LGBTQ community because, advocates said, it could block lesbian and gay couples from adopting.  As Heron Greenesmith reports at Rewire, however, the prop
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Republican reps vote to let religious child-welfare groups discriminate against LGBTQ people

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee okayed an amendment that sparked anger in the LGBTQ community because, advocates said, it could block lesbian and gay couples from adopting.  As Heron Greenesmith reports at Rewire, however, the proposed legislation doesn’t ban adoptions by same-sex couples outright. In fact, it could be far worse than that.  The amendment is the work of Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Alabama. It passed on a party-line vote. It would allow faith-based, taxpayer-funded adoption and other child welfare agencies to refuse to work with LGBTQ children or families if this conflicts with “the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would be allowed to withhold as much as 15 percent of a state’s federal child-care funding if officials there fail to accede to an organization’s religiously based discrimination in foster care or adoption services. Yes. You read that correctly. A state that refuses to go along with an organization’s religiously based discrimination against LGBTQ families based would see its federal funding docked. The upsidedownism of our era is less and less surprising, and more and more infuriating. Especially since the latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court apparently has issues with separation of church and state, there’s always the possibility that, if Aderholt’s amendment passes the full House and Senate and gets signed by the squatter in the White House, the highest court in the land will approve it. 

Nevada's vulnerable Sen. Heller has one very good reason to oppose Trump SCOTUS nominee

If there is one single political issue that is salient for the whole state of Nevada, it's the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a decades-old fight between pretty much the entirety of the state and the federal government. Opposition to the si
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Nevada's vulnerable Sen. Heller has one very good reason to oppose Trump SCOTUS nominee

If there is one single political issue that is salient for the whole state of Nevada, it's the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, a decades-old fight between pretty much the entirety of the state and the federal government. Opposition to the site is actually the official state position, and has united the state's Republican and Democratic elected officials since 1987. Which puts Sen. Dean Heller, the Senate's most vulnerable Republican in 2018, in a very hot seat when it comes to his vote on Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court nominee. In 2013,  Kavanaugh was part of a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reviewing «that stopped the Obama Administration's Department of Energy (DOE) from killing the project and forced the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resume its licensing.» Guess who wrote the majority ruling on that? Yep, Kavanaugh. Ironically, the dissenting opinion came from Judge Merrick Garland. Heller's Democratic opponent in the general election, Jackie Rosen, was quick to point out the tough position he's in on this vote, and where she stands. “I have serious reservations about Judge Kavanaugh, and his pro-Yucca ruling adds to my list of concerns about how his confirmation to the Supreme Court would harm hardworking Nevadans,” Rosen said. “We have to do everything we can to keep our state from becoming the nation’s nuclear waste dump, and this ruling should raise major red flags for Senator Heller as he evaluates this nominee.” Heller isn't saying much of anything right now, not providing comment for this Nevada Independent story. He's said about the nomination in general he supports Kavanaugh, but also «has said he would do anything to ensure the project does not get built.» He's going to have to answer whether «anything» includes blocking a Supreme Court justice who could ultimately approve the project. Rosen could definitely make this an issue for November: 58 percent of Nevada voters are opposed to efforts to reopen the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site. Add in the threats Kavanaugh poses to Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion that’s covered so many Nevadans, and Heller is a possible defector on Kavanaugh—not a likely one, but one worth pursuing. In the meantime, let's make life harder for him. Please contribute $3 to the fund to flip his seat.

This Week in Statehouse Action: Dumas Are Forever edition

In a week where The Spy Who Loved Me has become more than just a Bond movie, it’s easy to forget the non-Russia action transpiring in states across the country. But fret not! I’ve got my GoldenEye on the action. Campaign Action Dr. NOPE: I’ve been
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This Week in Statehouse Action: Dumas Are Forever edition

In a week where The Spy Who Loved Me has become more than just a Bond movie, it’s easy to forget the non-Russia action transpiring in states across the country. But fret not! I’ve got my GoldenEye on the action. Campaign Action Dr. NOPE: I’ve been writing in this space about how former Arizona GOP state Rep. Don Shooter, who was expelled from the House by his colleagues in February after his years of sexual misconduct came to light, is running for the state Senate this fall. Shooter’s apparently perfectly viable candidacy is pretty depressing all by itself. I mean, if being the first state lawmaker to be expelled from a legislature in the wake of the #MeToo movement isn’t enough to keep you on the political sidelines, what is? Well, the AP dropped a little report this week on the negligible impact sexual misconduct allegations seem to be having on state legislators’ political careers. Sure, Rep. Steve Lebsock got the boot from the Colorado state House earlier this year, North Carolina Rep. Duane Hall lost his primary, and at least 14 other state lawmakers across the country resigned over the past year or so because of sexual harassment or misconduct allegations. But 25 other state lawmakers facing similar accusations are still running this year. 15 of them have already advanced to the general election. And seven of those didn’t even face a primary challenger. Ugh. But at least some of these alleged miscreants will face opponents in November, so there's still a hope of seeing some of them gone.

There's a clear and present danger to our elections, and Republicans refuse to act

For the second day, House Democrats attempted to bring an amendment to the floor to fund grants to elections official so they can protect their systems from interference by Russians or anyone else. For the second day, Republicans blocked the move, which is mo
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There's a clear and present danger to our elections, and Republicans refuse to act

For the second day, House Democrats attempted to bring an amendment to the floor to fund grants to elections official so they can protect their systems from interference by Russians or anyone else. For the second day, Republicans blocked the move, which is more critical than ever right now. Lost somewhat in the fall-out of the Surrender Summit between Russian asset Donald Trump and his primary handler Vladimir Putin was a truly alarming report about just how vulnerable our elections systems are to hacking, whether from Russians or just your run-of-the-mill larcenous Republican group. The nation's leading voting machine maker admitted to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden that for six years it sold systems to a number of states that had software allowing remote access. Vice's Motherboard got the letter Election Systems and Software sent to Wyden in April, in which ESS wrote that it «provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006.» That contradicts a a statement the company gave in February to The New York Times and reporter Kim Zetter that they had never ever installed that software anywhere.  «None of the employees, […] including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,» was the line back in April. Note that the actual voting machines used aren't what's at issue here, but the systems in county election offices where elections are managed. In some counties the voting machines are programmed with these systems and final voting results are tabulated from them. ESS is the major elections system provider in the country and was during that six-year period, as well. Motherboard reports that «at least 60 percent of ballots cast in the US in 2006 were tabulated on ES&S election-management systems.» That amounts to well more than one-half of votes across the country. In their letter to Wyden, ESS says only «a small number of customers» got the system with the software that makes it so easy to hack. It seems unlikely that it wouldn't have been included on all the systems shipped in those six years. In an interview with Motherboard, Wyden said «installing remote-access software and modems on election equipment 'is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.'» What's unclear from the reporting is how many counties and states are still using this hackable software.

Days after indictment of Russian military hackers, Trump invites Putin for fall White House visit

Guess who's coming to a White House dinner, sometime between now and the November midterms? The man who ordered the Russian government to mount a wide-ranging hacking and propaganda campaign to alter the results of the United States presidential election, Rus
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Days after indictment of Russian military hackers, Trump invites Putin for fall White House visit

Guess who's coming to a White House dinner, sometime between now and the November midterms? The man who ordered the Russian government to mount a wide-ranging hacking and propaganda campaign to alter the results of the United States presidential election, Russian kleptocrat Vladimir Putin. xIn Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs. President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 19, 2018 We are almost certainly learning about this now because Sarah Sanders only herself learned of it now. And from the sounds of it, it's likely to happen. To emphasize, just last Friday the United States indicted 12 Russian military officers for their part in a broad Russian government-sponsored plot to manipulate the United States presidential election towards Donald J. Trump. Last evening, we learned that Donald Trump had before his inauguration been personally briefed with top-secret evidence of Putin's personal involvement in the plot, a revelation that is likely only being leaked now because those American intelligence sources were long ago rendered useless—or killed. Only days after these new indictments, Donald Trump again denied that such an effort ever took place; only yesterday he flatly told a reporter that he did not believe intelligence community warnings that Russian hacking efforts were ongoing; he is now inviting the architect of these past and present acts, the man who our intelligence community identified as specifically ordering them, to the White House. And neither we nor the United States military has any idea what else Donald Trump may have told Putin during their private, one-on-one meeting that no other American officials were allowed to attend. It is not clear whether another such meeting will now take place in the White House itself.

Ding dong! A racist judicial nominee is gone

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Guam. Only one
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Ding dong! A racist judicial nominee is gone

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just withdrew the nomination of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Guam. Only one other Trump appellate nominee has withdrawn, the ignominious Brett Talley, now relegated to vetting others for judicial nominations.  His undergraduate contributions to a Stanford student paper leave little room for doubt as to his views. Among other snippets cited by The Oregonian, his homestate paper, these seem to betray a particular hostility to identities other than his own. The existence of ethnic organizations is no inevitable prerequisite to maintaining a diverse community – white students, after all, seem to be doing all right without an Aryan Student Union.' There are a few more gems along those lines, and I’d hate for you to miss them. Whenever a group of white males happens to be at the same place at the same time, you can be sure that the foul stench of oppression and exploitation lingers in the air. In contrast, ethnic centers, whose sole purpose is to bring together exclusive cliques of students to revel in racial purity, are so righteous that the mere mention of cutting their budgets incites turmoil on the grandest scale. Ah, white male victimhood! That’s pretty much the motto of this administration—now they call it “economic anxiety”—so, had Bounds not published a veritable forest of racist thoughts, that probably only would have counted for him.

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Comic-Con 2018: Star Trek Discovery costumes, weapons and art - CNET

Brace yourself for Star Trek Discovery's second season with a look back at some (spoiler-filled) costumes from the Mirror Universe and beyond.
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Comic-Con 2018: Star Trek Discovery costumes, weapons and art - CNET

Brace yourself for Star Trek Discovery's second season with a look back at some (spoiler-filled) costumes from the Mirror Universe and beyond.

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Yelp partners with event management startup Gather to make planning your next party easier

Event management software company Gather today announced the introduction of its Gather Booking Network, and inaugural partners Yelp and EVENTUp. The network is designed to help party go-ers, venues and event planners connect more easily and start celebratin
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Yelp partners with event management startup Gather to make planning your next party easier

Event management software company Gather today announced the introduction of its Gather Booking Network, and inaugural partners Yelp and EVENTUp. The network is designed to help party go-ers, venues and event planners connect more easily and start celebrating sooner. Gather was founded in 2013 by CEO and co-founder Nick Miller, Alex Lassiter (SVP of Sales) […]

Last call for tickets to TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

The TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. We’re celebrating 13 years of libations and convivial conversation while toasting the entrepreneurial spirit on the deck at August Capital in Menlo Park on July 27. And w
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Last call for tickets to TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

The TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. We’re celebrating 13 years of libations and convivial conversation while toasting the entrepreneurial spirit on the deck at August Capital in Menlo Park on July 27. And we want you to join us. If you have not yet secured your ticket to this […]

Disney’s streaming service is resurrecting ‘The Clone Wars’

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that ran on Cartoon Network for five seasons, is coming back. Created by George Lucas and overseen by Dave Filoni, the show depicted the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as new characters li
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Disney’s streaming service is resurrecting ‘The Clone Wars’

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that ran on Cartoon Network for five seasons, is coming back. Created by George Lucas and overseen by Dave Filoni, the show depicted the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as new characters like Ahsoka Tano, during the titular Clone Wars. Fans praised its ability […]

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Crack in rock at Grand Teton tourist site appears stable

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week. In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall an
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Crack in rock at Grand Teton tourist site appears stable

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A crack in rock that forced the closure of a popular waterfall tourist viewing area in Grand Teton National Park hasn't grown over the past week. In addition, the National Park Service says the crack may have begun to expand last fall and it's uncertain when ...

Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain her
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Trump administration will keep protected status for Somalis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that Somalis granted special immigration status in the U.S. can keep the designation, making them one of the few groups permitted to stay in the U.S. under a program that has allowed them to remain here for years. Somalia was first designated ...

SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline […] The post SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars appeared first on Geek.c
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SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline […] The post SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos

I thought I was done with Amiibos. Then Splatoon 2 happened. Nintendo sometimes does amazing things with aesthetics, and its aesthetics have never been stronger than the look of Splatoon 2. The Octoling DLC is […] The post Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl
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Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos

I thought I was done with Amiibos. Then Splatoon 2 happened. Nintendo sometimes does amazing things with aesthetics, and its aesthetics have never been stronger than the look of Splatoon 2. The Octoling DLC is […] The post Geek Pick: Splatoon 2 Pearl and Marina Amiibos appeared first on Geek.com.

SDCC Provides Our First Proper Look at Season 11 of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is going to look awfully different when the series returns later this year. We already saw Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th last Christmas. Now when the show returns, […] The post SDCC Provides O
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SDCC Provides Our First Proper Look at Season 11 of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is going to look awfully different when the series returns later this year. We already saw Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th last Christmas. Now when the show returns, […] The post SDCC Provides Our First Proper Look at Season 11 of Doctor Who appeared first on Geek.com.

The Coralarium: An Immersive Sculptural Installation Semi-Submerged in the Indian Ocean

The Coralarium is the newest aquatic sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor (previously here and here). Built in a large developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, the semi-submerged installation is positioned so both human and marine visitors can interact w
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The Coralarium: An Immersive Sculptural Installation Semi-Submerged in the Indian Ocean

The Coralarium is the newest aquatic sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor (previously here and here). Built in a large developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, the semi-submerged installation is positioned so both human and marine visitors can interact with sculptural elements on the skyline, inter-tidal waterline, and seabed. To reach the Coralarium, island guests traverse about 500 feet (150 meters) of shallow water, seascaped with underwater poplars and endemic corals. More

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NCAA to study possible effects of widespread legal wagering

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA plans to study how the expansion of legalized betting could affect college athletics and member schools.
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NCAA to study possible effects of widespread legal wagering

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA plans to study how the expansion of legalized betting could affect college athletics and member schools.

Flacco looks impressive in first practice for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw to some of his new wide receivers and tight ends at a public park near the team's practice facility.
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Flacco looks impressive in first practice for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw to some of his new wide receivers and tight ends at a public park near the team's practice facility.

16-year-old Thai goes ace-albatross in AJGA event

HALIFAX, Mass. (AP) A 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes Thursday in an American Junior Golf Association tournament.
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16-year-old Thai goes ace-albatross in AJGA event

HALIFAX, Mass. (AP) A 16-year-old Thai player made a hole-in-one and an albatross on consecutive holes Thursday in an American Junior Golf Association tournament.

Eye in the Sky: Veteran Rick Carelli helps Erik Jones grab 1st Cup win

This week, Motorsport.com caught up with former racer and veteran spotter Rick Carelli. Known for his success in the early years of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Avada, Colo., native was in Daytona guiding Erik Jones to his first Cup Series win a
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Eye in the Sky: Veteran Rick Carelli helps Erik Jones grab 1st Cup win

This week, Motorsport.com caught up with former racer and veteran spotter Rick Carelli. Known for his success in the early years of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Avada, Colo., native was in Daytona guiding Erik Jones to his first Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway nearly two weeks ago.Carelli made nearly 300 starts in various NASCAR series throughout his ... Keep reading

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