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New migrant rules could shutter some Maryland crab houses

BALTIMORE (AP) - Many Maryland crab houses expect to stay idle this summer after U.S. immigration officials approved additional migrant worker visas this month for only one picking house. The Baltimore Sun reports the H-2B visas for seasonal workers were awar

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Watch a Republican suing to take away Obamacare protections lie through his teeth about it

Republicans are in a desperate place in 2018. To have any hope, they must maximize base turnout, and to do that, they have to speak to the thing their base still wants—Obamacare repeal. But repealing Obamacare means getting rid of all the protections—part
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Watch a Republican suing to take away Obamacare protections lie through his teeth about it

Republicans are in a desperate place in 2018. To have any hope, they must maximize base turnout, and to do that, they have to speak to the thing their base still wants—Obamacare repeal. But repealing Obamacare means getting rid of all the protections—particularly for people with pre-existing conditions—that everyone is terrified of losing. So you get the spectacle of this: xHealth care politics keep getting weirder. Here's a Senate GOP candidate who's currently suing to wipe out Obamacare—including the preexisting condition rules—cutting an emotional ad saying he favors those rules. https://t.co/kMhulrOQag— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 24, 2018 That's Missouri's Republican attorney general Josh Hawley, running against Claire McCaskill, with an ad actually saying he has made a «commitment to protecting people with preexisting conditions,» when he is among the attorneys general SUING to end those protections. With an extremely anti-Affordable Care Act judge soon to rule on the case, he's exactly the guy who is taking those protections away! He's not alone among Republicans to try to have it both ways in an election where health care is a top priority, but he's sure the most shameless. So far. Please give $1 to our Senate and House candidates and make Republicans pay the price for sabotaging our health care.

GOP slates Judiciary vote on Kavanaugh for FRIDAY, the morning after Dr. Ford's testimony

Republicans don’t want to let their own members think one second longer than necessary before deciding whether to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Chuck Grassley has already scheduled
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GOP slates Judiciary vote on Kavanaugh for FRIDAY, the morning after Dr. Ford's testimony

Republicans don’t want to let their own members think one second longer than necessary before deciding whether to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Chuck Grassley has already scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh for Friday morning at 9:30 AM ET sharp, the day after the panel will hear testimony from both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. xJUST IN: The Senate Judiciary Cmte has rescheduled the committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for 9:30am on FRIDAY --> pic.twitter.com/Ys0qJ3UDhO— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 25, 2018 Taking the vote that quickly doesn’t give the senators a chance to hear from constituents, read commentary, or perhaps check the polling to get a sense of how the Thursday hearing plays with the American people. Republicans have also been told to stick around this coming weekend so they can run out the procedural clock in anticipation of managing to take a final floor vote by Tuesday.

Just one accuser was an un-credible outlier to the GOP, but now it's all a 'circus' and 'nonsense'

When the first sexual assault accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh put her name to the allegation, Republicans were quick to paint Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as a daffy, singular occurrence—a one-off, as it were. They called her «mixed up&
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Just one accuser was an un-credible outlier to the GOP, but now it's all a 'circus' and 'nonsense'

When the first sexual assault accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh put her name to the allegation, Republicans were quick to paint Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as a daffy, singular occurrence—a one-off, as it were. They called her «mixed up» and suggested she was committing a «drive-by» assassination of Kavanaugh. Ya know—just some crazy broad taking an unwarranted swipe at Kavanaugh. My, how times change. With the advent of Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, and the potential of a third credible accuser on the horizon, Republicans now have a different billing for the situation.  «This is really getting kind of carried away, it’s feeling more like a circus,» Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said of the Ramirez revelation in the New Yorker. «But again, I did feel like this first accuser should be heard.” Sure, one woman was okay, but the idea that someone who was a belligerent binge drinker in high school and college might have also been a serial assaulter is just preposterous.  Sen. John Cornyn of Texas went a step further and preemptively dismissed any new allegations as »nonsense.« »As you can tell, people are coming out of the woodwork making incredible, uncorroborated allegations,« he said, »and I think you can just expect that kind of nonsense to continue.« Cornyn clearly expects it continue. That's probably why Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley has scheduled a panel vote for Friday and apparently refusing to check into the allegations made by Ramirez. Republicans don't want their members to have any lag time to think twice about their vote and they definitely don't want to encourage any more women to come forward by taking any of the these new claims seriously.  Better lock this »circus" down ASAP so the lady folk don't get any more crazy ideas and Kavanaugh's character is shielded from any more scrutiny.

Republicans are suddenly very, very interested in double jeopardy law

At this moment, a case making its way through the court system is garnering an unusual amount of attention. It’s a case about a convicted robber in Alabama who was found in possession of a gun and charged by both state and federal authorities. For 150 year
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Republicans are suddenly very, very interested in double jeopardy law

At this moment, a case making its way through the court system is garnering an unusual amount of attention. It’s a case about a convicted robber in Alabama who was found in possession of a gun and charged by both state and federal authorities. For 150 years, the Supreme Court has held that these kind of cases, where a violation can be prosecuted under both state and federal laws, don't violate the Constitution's prohibition against double jeopardy. That's because state, federal, tribal  and the military justice systems correspond to/are separate sovereigns.. But as The Atlantic reports, Republicans have developed a sudden interest in just this type of case. Utah lawmaker Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, filed a 44-page amicus brief earlier this month in Gamble v. United States, a case that will consider whether the dual-sovereignty doctrine should be put to rest. Republicans, always talk a good game about promoting the sovereign right of states … so long as what the states are doing agrees with them. But here Hatch is willing to take a power away from every state. And why would that be? Two words: Mueller investigation. The ability of states to charge someone with state crimes, even if that someone has been charged with federal crimes related to the same incident represents a considerable amount of leverage within the investigation into Trump’s campaign and associates. Though New York currently has its own double jeopardy law that would prevent recharging on some of these incidents—which is something any state could do—the charges applied to Paul Manafort and others through the special counsel’s office have often seemed tailored to leave openings for state charges in case of a Trump pardon. It’s a big part of what’s made Robert Mueller’s indictments “pardon proof.” The threat of separate state proceedings is an effective inducement to cooperate in exchange for a big reduction in sentencing. Republicans are hopeful that if Gamble shuts down the option to recharge at the state level, anything where Mueller brings a federal charge will be off the table for the states. Of course, Mueller has already worked directly with attorneys general at the state level in discussing and planning some cases with this in mind. It’s seemed that, from the beginning, the special counsel has proceeded with the understanding that Trump might pardon anything. But with the possibility of Gamble coming in and Rosenstein going out, hanging on to the agreements that Mueller has secured might be difficult … especially if there is no Mueller.

Short digest of the roots of Ukrainian crisis from 1654 to present

1654 – The Pereiaslav Treaty proclaiming reunification of Ukraine led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Russia under Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich.  Ukraine had many problems with Poland, the Ottoman Empire and the Crimean Tatars and therefore decided to turn
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Short digest of the roots of Ukrainian crisis from 1654 to present

1654 – The Pereiaslav Treaty proclaiming reunification of Ukraine led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Russia under Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich.  Ukraine had many problems with Poland, the Ottoman Empire and the Crimean Tatars and therefore decided to turn to Moscow for protection. The treaty was not perfect, and both Russian and ...

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Toyota's flying car design has blades that pop out of its wheels - Roadshow

It's kind of a zany move, even by flying car standards, but this patent application could be a sign of things to come from Toyota.
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Toyota's flying car design has blades that pop out of its wheels - Roadshow

It's kind of a zany move, even by flying car standards, but this patent application could be a sign of things to come from Toyota.

Govt to consider PSBs' demand on relaxing PCA framework for banking system

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held the annual performance review meeting of PSBs on Tuesday and discussed wide-ranging issues, including the need for early capitalisation of banks this fiscal year
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Govt to consider PSBs' demand on relaxing PCA framework for banking system

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held the annual performance review meeting of PSBs on Tuesday and discussed wide-ranging issues, including the need for early capitalisation of banks this fiscal year

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DoorDash customers say their accounts have been hacked

Food delivery startup DoorDash has received dozens of complaints from customers who say their accounts have been hacked. Dozens of people have tweeted at @DoorDash with complaints that their accounts had been improperly accessed and had fraudulent food delive
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DoorDash customers say their accounts have been hacked

Food delivery startup DoorDash has received dozens of complaints from customers who say their accounts have been hacked. Dozens of people have tweeted at @DoorDash with complaints that their accounts had been improperly accessed and had fraudulent food deliveries charged to their account. In many cases, the hackers changed their email addresses so that the […]

Tinder’s ‘Swipe the Vote’ campaign aims to educate young voters and get them to polls

Tinder has partnered up with nonprofit Rock the Vote for a second time, in the hopes of driving young people to the polls through in-app messaging. The company claims a young adult user base where more than half are in the 18 to 24 demographic, and believes i
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Tinder’s ‘Swipe the Vote’ campaign aims to educate young voters and get them to polls

Tinder has partnered up with nonprofit Rock the Vote for a second time, in the hopes of driving young people to the polls through in-app messaging. The company claims a young adult user base where more than half are in the 18 to 24 demographic, and believes it’s well-positioned to mobilize younger voters during the […]

This Was the World's Largest Bird. It Weighed as Much as a Dinosaur.

The world's largest bird — a newly identified species of elephant bird — weighed as much as a dinosaur when it strutted around Madagascar more than 1,000 years ago, a new study finds.
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This Was the World's Largest Bird. It Weighed as Much as a Dinosaur.

The world's largest bird — a newly identified species of elephant bird — weighed as much as a dinosaur when it strutted around Madagascar more than 1,000 years ago, a new study finds.

See the new iPhone’s ‘focus pixels’ up close

The new iPhones have excellent cameras, to be sure. But it's always good to verify Apple's breathless on-stage claims with first-hand reports. We have our own review of the phones and their photography systems, but teardowns provide the invaluable service of
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See the new iPhone’s ‘focus pixels’ up close

The new iPhones have excellent cameras, to be sure. But it's always good to verify Apple's breathless on-stage claims with first-hand reports. We have our own review of the phones and their photography systems, but teardowns provide the invaluable service of letting you see the biggest changes with your own eyes — augmented, of course, by a high-powered microscope.

What to expect from Facebook’s big Oculus Connect 5 keynote

The Oculus Connect 5 conference kicks off tomorrow in San Jose where FB and company will let their latest virtual reality efforts loose and attempt to prove to the world at last that VR is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Tomorrow is go
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What to expect from Facebook’s big Oculus Connect 5 keynote

The Oculus Connect 5 conference kicks off tomorrow in San Jose where FB and company will let their latest virtual reality efforts loose and attempt to prove to the world at last that VR is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for hardware, though […]

Hear from investors at General Catalyst, FirstMark, Shasta at TC Sessions: AR/VR

The worlds of augmented reality and VR theoretically represent a boundless expanse for startups looking to create a new digital future. Realizing that future is the tough part and doing so while Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all look to plant their fl
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Hear from investors at General Catalyst, FirstMark, Shasta at TC Sessions: AR/VR

The worlds of augmented reality and VR theoretically represent a boundless expanse for startups looking to create a new digital future. Realizing that future is the tough part and doing so while Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all look to plant their flags is even harder. While plenty of investors have taken a look at […]

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The Latest: Will Smith makes bungee jump near Grand Canyon

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on Will Smith's bungee jump from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Will Smith successfully bungee jumped from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon. The actor took the leap Tuesda
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The Latest: Will Smith makes bungee jump near Grand Canyon

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on Will Smith's bungee jump from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Will Smith successfully bungee jumped from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon. The actor took the leap Tuesday in northern Arizona in front of ...

New Hitman 2 Trailer Spotlights Columbian Level

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have today released a brand-new Hitman 2 trailer. This latest video spotlights Santa Fortuna, which is located in the heart of the Colombian rainforest. This jungle […] The post New Hitman 2 Trai
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New Hitman 2 Trailer Spotlights Columbian Level

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have today released a brand-new Hitman 2 trailer. This latest video spotlights Santa Fortuna, which is located in the heart of the Colombian rainforest. This jungle […] The post New Hitman 2 Trailer Spotlights Columbian Level appeared first on Geek.com.

GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album

What was your favorite part of Rick and Morty season three last year? Was it the surprise April Fool’s Day premiere that inspired a bunch of awful dorks to mob McDonald’s for sauce? […] The post GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album app
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GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album

What was your favorite part of Rick and Morty season three last year? Was it the surprise April Fool’s Day premiere that inspired a bunch of awful dorks to mob McDonald’s for sauce? […] The post GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album appeared first on Geek.com.

Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world says it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indo
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Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world says it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indoor venue next season for smoky days as an ...

4th Circuit halts pipeline work in national forest land

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a request from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service
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4th Circuit halts pipeline work in national forest land

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a request from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service decisions allowing construction on about 20 miles of ...

In 'Free Solo,' a steeper challenge for Honnold than El Cap

TORONTO (AP) - The important thing to rock climber Alex Honnold is that the movie screen be big. IMAX, whatever. But big. It's shortly before the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of «Free Solo,» the documentary that chronicles Honnold'
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In 'Free Solo,' a steeper challenge for Honnold than El Cap

TORONTO (AP) - The important thing to rock climber Alex Honnold is that the movie screen be big. IMAX, whatever. But big. It's shortly before the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of «Free Solo,» the documentary that chronicles Honnold's legendary, ropeless ascent up Yosemite's El Capitan, a 3,000-foot wall of ...

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Shohei Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery

Angels starter and DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, the club announced to reporters including Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group (via Twitter). While the outcome was expected, it’s nevertheless significant for a
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Shohei Ohtani to undergo Tommy John surgery

Angels starter and DH Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, the club announced to reporters including Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group (via Twitter). While the outcome was expected, it’s nevertheless significant for a player who has emerged this year as an unprecedented dual threat.Renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure. Ohtani will almost certainly not return to the mound until the 2020 season. Of course, the expectation is that he will continue to function as a hitter for the Angels in 2019.It’s extremely disappointing to see Ohtani’s first season in the majors draw to a close with surgery awaiting. That said, his continued excellence as a hitter since being shut down as a pitcher certainly leaves plenty of cause for continued excitement, even during his TJ rehab.Ohtani will be ready to hit far before he’s ready to pitch, of course, so he and the Halos anticipate that he’ll be a full part of the roster next season. Once he’s ready to do both, An

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