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Storm brace for tough matchup at Wings (Jun 23, 2018)

The Seattle Storm know they are in for a game much more difficult at the Dallas Wings on Sunday than what they experienced Friday night at home against the struggling Indiana Fever.

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Trump's Supreme Court pick the most unpopular in a dozen years

Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee from Russia asset Donald Trump, has the weakest net support from the American public since George W. Bush's bizarre nomination of Harriet Miers, according to new polling from Pew. The opposition to him among th
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Trump's Supreme Court pick the most unpopular in a dozen years

Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee from Russia asset Donald Trump, has the weakest net support from the American public since George W. Bush's bizarre nomination of Harriet Miers, according to new polling from Pew. The opposition to him among the public at 36 percent is higher than it's been for any of the seven nominees since 2005, even four points higher than for Neil Gorsuch. That suggests the public is becoming increasing distrustful of Trump and, specifically, this nominee. They also have demands of the nomination process: “Overall, 61% of adults—including 70% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans—say that when senators ask about issues like abortion, Supreme Court nominees should be required to answer.” Breaking that down by party demonstrates why this nominee should not get the support of a single Democratic senator: 63 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners say he should be not be confirmed. This isn't a vote that is going to drive voters away from any Democrat. A whopping 83 percent say this appointment is either very or somewhat important to them personally—and 63 percent clock in at very important—which just reinforces how little there is to lose for Democrats, and why Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski need to be under the gun. That's particularly true because of the gender breakdown in the poll: 40 percent of women are opposed to his confirmation. Women are going to be paying a lot of attention to how this confirmation process proceeds. They're going to be paying a lot of attention to how their senators vote. Live in Alaska? You have the power. Sign and send a petition to Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Save Roe v. Wade. Oppose any anti-choice Supreme Court nominee. Do you live in Maine? You have a powerful voice in stopping Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Click here to write Sen. Collins.

New energy report shows Trump's efforts to upend the market are futile—coal still headed down

Donald Trump has done everything he can to prop up the failing coal industry, but the latest report from the U. S. Energy Information Administration shows that coal is continuing along the path it’s been following for years … down. Despite a slight incre
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New energy report shows Trump's efforts to upend the market are futile—coal still headed down

Donald Trump has done everything he can to prop up the failing coal industry, but the latest report from the U. S. Energy Information Administration shows that coal is continuing along the path it’s been following for years … down. Despite a slight increase in US coal exports, overall coal production is down by 9 million tons in the first half of the year. The EIA projects no growth over the remainder of the year—with an increase in production from heavily automated western mines being offset by a sharp drop in the Appalachian region. For 2018, the EIA is forecasting a further decline of 3 percent for the overall coal market. Those numbers should be of particular concern to the industry, because a cold snap at the start of the winter, and a severe heat wave through much of the early summer, has driven up electrical demand … just not demand for coal. That’s happening despite Trump’s interference in the markets and despite and International Energy Agency report that worldwide investments in renewable energy took a tumble in 2017. That fall in renewable investments has been partly brought about by the same forces that have disrupted coal’s hold on the US electrical market—increasing availability of natural gas—but it’s also being generated by some indecision in the renewables market itself. Steeply dropping prices for solar have brought solar costs in line with, or even below, the cost of wind in many areas, leaving governments who do want to clean up their energy act, unsure of the best way to proceed. Meanwhile, that indecision prolongs the demand for fossil fuels, and governments are actually increasing investments in oil and gas discovery as fracking brings fields that were previously thought “played out” or “uneconomic” back into the game. On the basis of new investment, this has been a bad year for coal and for renewable energy … as contradictory as it might seem. In the United States, natural gas may seem the big winner over the last decade. In 2000, gas provided less than a quarter of all US electricity while coal generated almost half. But now gas is on top with 32 percent and coal is down to 30 percent. Nuclear power continues to provide about 20 percent of US electricity, and 7 percent comes from hydroelectric dams. Over the next two years, the EIA sees coal dropping two percent. The year 2018 will mark a milestone for solar, wind, and other non-hydro renewable power sources. In 2017, all those sources came in at just under 10 percent of US electrical markets. This year they’ll top 10 percent for the first time. EIA estimates that number will go to 11 percent next year. While those numbers may seem small, the sharp year-over-year growth of renewables in the US continues. With no sign that solar has come to an end on its price drops, and increased availability of battery systems to “smooth out” supply and demand on these systems, solar can be expected to play a greater role in that mix going forward. If you’re looking to see what a gallon of gas will cost you over the next two years … don’t bother. The EIA report projects oil prices to be flat to slightly down. However, that’s within a confidence range that goes from less than $40 to over $100 per barrel as production and demand stay extremely close. Political factors, such as production by OPEC, and economic growth in the US or China, could see this value at either end of the projected range.

Whoa! Senator suggests U.S. translator in Putin-Trump meeting should immediately testify to Congress

Despite vehement objection from diplomatic efforts and even his own staff, Donald Trump insisted on meeting one-on-one with Vladmir Putin, the former KGB spy chief who they knew would run circles around a narcissistic and incompetent Trump. And that he did, m
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Whoa! Senator suggests U.S. translator in Putin-Trump meeting should immediately testify to Congress

Despite vehement objection from diplomatic efforts and even his own staff, Donald Trump insisted on meeting one-on-one with Vladmir Putin, the former KGB spy chief who they knew would run circles around a narcissistic and incompetent Trump. And that he did, making it clear that Donald Trump is not only incompetent, but under Putin’s thumb. Trump reportedly didn’t even want notes to be taken during the meeting and attended with only one other person: a U.S. translator. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has now suggested the translator meet with Congress to report directly to them about what was said in this private meeting between Trump and Putin. After all, the security and interests of the United States and our western allies are at risk.  xInteresting idea from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen just now: She wants Trump's translator in his private two-hour meeting with Putin to come tell Congress what was said.«That translator is an official with the US government.»Ã¢Â€Â” Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) July 17, 2018 This is a brilliant idea and Democrats and Republicans alike should want to get to the bottom of this two hour Putin-Trump meeting. Donald Trump is a public servant and so is the translator. The American people have a right to know precisely what went on in that meeting. It’s crystal clear Putin got everything he wanted out of it.

Traitor Texas Republicans looking not-so-good all of a sudden. Ted Cruz, especially

Something is happening down in the Lone Star State.  Since last week, when U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, revealed that he had raised a stunning $10.4 million between April and June in his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a wave of Texas D
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Traitor Texas Republicans looking not-so-good all of a sudden. Ted Cruz, especially

Something is happening down in the Lone Star State.  Since last week, when U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, revealed that he had raised a stunning $10.4 million between April and June in his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a wave of Texas Democrats running for U.S. House seats similarly blasted out their own unusually strong fundraising numbers. The numbers only became more striking when compared to their rivals: Some Democratic challengers raised two, three or even four times what their Republican incumbent rivals posted. House Republicans in usually safe seats are suddenly looking anemic. Perhaps treason isn’t the best campaign issue? And Beto … I didn’t want to believe Politico’s, “Beto-mania sweeps Texas.” But a look at our Civiqs Texas data (which we poll for our own use, not for any client), and holy shit, it’s real! x Civiqs Results Yup. That’s the odious and treason-enabling Ted Cruz leading by just TWO POINTS.

Mueller asks for immunity for five mystery witnesses against Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

With the trial of Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort starting soon, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new motion asking that five witnesses be allowed to testify under a promise of immunity from prosecution. As reported by NBC, Mueller has started t
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Mueller asks for immunity for five mystery witnesses against Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

With the trial of Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort starting soon, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new motion asking that five witnesses be allowed to testify under a promise of immunity from prosecution. As reported by NBC, Mueller has started that these witnesses, if not provided with immunity would “either refuse to take the witness stand or refuse to answer questions by citing their Fifth Amendment right against being forced to incriminate themselves.” Previous filings from Mueller have been a treasure trove for those trying to get a peek into the state of the Trump–Russia investigation. Indictments against Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and a network of Russian operatives have revealed only a small portion of the information that the special counsel investigation has gathered. But it’s given a sense of the volume of evidence, that being huge, and the level of detail, extremely, that Mueller is building to defend his charges. However, this time Mueller has asked that almost everything about this filing be sealed to protect the identities of those involved.  According to the document, these witnesses “are third parties who have not been charged in this matter, and who have not been identified publicly with the case." So it seems unlikely that scanning a list of names associated with the case is going to turn up a ready answer. It seems near certain that these are US citizens. They could be connected with either changes against Manafort concerning bank fraud and money laundering—in which case they might be people connected to the small Chicago-based bank that gave Manafort loans for which he didn’t qualify. Or they might be connected with Manafort’s illegal lobbying, which could suggest the witnesses were connected with the DC lobbying firm started by Manafort and Trump adviser Roger Stone. The specific form of immunity Mueller has requested for these witnesses is Derivative Use Immunity, which would protect the witnesses from the use of the testimony in any criminal proceeding, except for a charge of perjury. The special counsel’s office has asked that all information, including the name of witnesses, remain sealed until and unless they are called on to testify.

DACA recipient, still in limbo due to Congress, says 'expiration date looms over all life decisions'

It’s been nearly a year since Donald Trump announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and hundreds of thousands of young immigrants continue to wait in limbo. “Dreamers have been on a roller coaster for 10 mont
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DACA recipient, still in limbo due to Congress, says 'expiration date looms over all life decisions'

It’s been nearly a year since Donald Trump announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and hundreds of thousands of young immigrants continue to wait in limbo. “Dreamers have been on a roller coaster for 10 months,” Sayra Lozano, a Southeastern University graduate and DACA recipient, writes. “We have come close to a solution, and then some new political crisis diverts public attention. Falling out of the headlines also means falling off the congressional agenda. Despite countless promises from legislators, we are constantly put off.” Trump had given the Republican-led Congress a March 5 deadline to pass permanent protections, only to sabotage several bipartisan plans himself. Months-long efforts to include the DREAM Act in spending bills failed, and while all House Democrats signed a discharge petition that would have forced a floor vote, Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership killed the deal as it was only two Republican signatures away from success. Congressional Republicans, Sayra writes, “now continue to refuse to accept their responsibility to legislate.” This is all happening in full opposition to the will of the American people, nearly 90 percent of whom want Dreamers protected now. ”Dreamers have written, called, lobbied, protested and risked our safety to share our stories publicly and stay relevant on Capitol Hill,” she said. “We have done this for ourselves, but also on behalf of immigrant groups even less protected than we are. Yet it does not seem to be enough to get our political representatives to fulfill their promises.” While court orders have forced the administration to partially resurrect DACA, new applicants have been excluded, shutting out thousands of young immigrants who would have otherwise been aging into the program. And, the administration is challenging these orders by taking their case to an anti-immigrant judge in Texas, leaving Sayra and hundreds of thousands of others currently enrolled in DACA “living from court case to court case. Our futures hang on whatever some judge or elected official says next. It is all consuming and exhausting.” “Should I pursue certain career opportunities, or go home because I don’t know how much time I’ll have with my family?” she asks. “Can I commit to buying a car or a house if I don’t know how long I will be here?” Sayra needs you to remember her and other DACA recipients like her in the polling booth so she can stay here where she belongs. “If the current Congress is unable to work together, I hope that 86% of Americans vote for candidates who are capable of passing immigration reform in November.” “Dreamers grew up in this country, and we believe in American values as much as anyone,” she writes. “Indeed, we often feel we have to prove ourselves worthy of the American Dream. We believe in hard work and have not taken the opportunities DACA has given us for granted … we believe in America as a beacon of hope, where for centuries there has been room for immigrants to come and contribute to this nation’s success. It’s time for Congress to show us that it stands for these values as well.”

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At Comic-Con 2018, Wonder Woman, Venom and Doctor Who aim to fill Avengers-sized hole - CNET

No Marvel, no problem as DC and a raft of other franchises like Transformers and Predator vie for the limelight.
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At Comic-Con 2018, Wonder Woman, Venom and Doctor Who aim to fill Avengers-sized hole - CNET

No Marvel, no problem as DC and a raft of other franchises like Transformers and Predator vie for the limelight.

Nest CEO steps down after employees pushed for his exit - CNET

The smart home device maker hasn’t had an easy time under Google, including discontent over leadership and a potential sale to Amazon in 2016.
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Nest CEO steps down after employees pushed for his exit - CNET

The smart home device maker hasn’t had an easy time under Google, including discontent over leadership and a potential sale to Amazon in 2016.

Nestle India breaks into Rs 1 trillion market cap club after HUL and ITC

Nestle India had reported a better than expected 38 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in net profit at Rs 4.24 billion in the March quarter
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Nestle India breaks into Rs 1 trillion market cap club after HUL and ITC

Nestle India had reported a better than expected 38 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) growth in net profit at Rs 4.24 billion in the March quarter

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Lava Bomb Slams Boat Tour in Hawaii, Injuring 23

A burning chunk of lava plummeted down and punctured the roof of an offshore Hawaiian tour boat yesterday (July 16), injuring 23 people who likely weren't expecting to get that up close and personal with a lava bomb.
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Lava Bomb Slams Boat Tour in Hawaii, Injuring 23

A burning chunk of lava plummeted down and punctured the roof of an offshore Hawaiian tour boat yesterday (July 16), injuring 23 people who likely weren't expecting to get that up close and personal with a lava bomb.

Bitcoin price passes $7K bringing all 100 top coins up with it

Bitcoin is moving up, and it’s taking 99 of its best friends along for the ride. In the last 24 hours, every one of the top 100 coins by market cap was in the green with 84 of them posting gains of over 5 percent. At the time of writing, Bitcoin was sit
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Bitcoin price passes $7K bringing all 100 top coins up with it

Bitcoin is moving up, and it’s taking 99 of its best friends along for the ride. In the last 24 hours, every one of the top 100 coins by market cap was in the green with 84 of them posting gains of over 5 percent. At the time of writing, Bitcoin was sitting at $7,310, […]

This insane fighting robot can be yours now for $1,600

Pilot Labs’ Zeus Battle Robot captured our hearts at CES back in January, because, well, just look at this crazy thing: Seemingly against all odds, the ‘bot is now available for purchase through Amazon. And the price tag is as insane as the rest of it: $1
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This insane fighting robot can be yours now for $1,600

Pilot Labs’ Zeus Battle Robot captured our hearts at CES back in January, because, well, just look at this crazy thing: Seemingly against all odds, the ‘bot is now available for purchase through Amazon. And the price tag is as insane as the rest of it: $1,600 for the kit and $1,700 for a pre-assembled […]

Tax robots and Universal Basic Income

Technological innovation is moving at an ever-accelerating pace, and this comes with vast benefits and inevitable changes. One downside is that machine learning and automation are already replacing jobs. It also has the potential to replace much of that incom
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Tax robots and Universal Basic Income

Technological innovation is moving at an ever-accelerating pace, and this comes with vast benefits and inevitable changes. One downside is that machine learning and automation are already replacing jobs. It also has the potential to replace much of that income with Universal Basic Income.

Self-driving car startup Zoox is raising $500 million at a $3.2 billion valuation

Zoox, a once-secretive self-driving car startup, is closing a $500 million at a $3.2 billion post-money valuation, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Prior to the deal, Zoox was valued at $2.7 billion, Zoox confirmed to TechCrunch. The round, led by Mike Cannon-
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Self-driving car startup Zoox is raising $500 million at a $3.2 billion valuation

Zoox, a once-secretive self-driving car startup, is closing a $500 million at a $3.2 billion post-money valuation, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Prior to the deal, Zoox was valued at $2.7 billion, Zoox confirmed to TechCrunch. The round, led by Mike Cannon-Brookes of Grok Ventures, brings its total amount of funding to $800 million. Zoox’s plan, according […]

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NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory

WASHINGTON — The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying. NAACP Preside
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NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory

WASHINGTON — The NAACP is lifting its travel advisory against American Airlines, saying the company is making improvements that address worries about African-Americans being subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions while flying. NAACP President Derrick Johnson made the announcement at the NAACP's national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The ...

Jet fuel spike sends 2Q profit lower at United Airlines

DALLAS (AP) - Rising fuel prices are cutting into profit at United Airlines, although strong travel demand is helping the airline cope by pushing travelers' prices higher as the summer travel season hits full speed. United reported Tuesday that second-quarte
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Jet fuel spike sends 2Q profit lower at United Airlines

DALLAS (AP) - Rising fuel prices are cutting into profit at United Airlines, although strong travel demand is helping the airline cope by pushing travelers' prices higher as the summer travel season hits full speed. United reported Tuesday that second-quarter profit was $684 million, down 17 percent from a year ...

DCEU News: Aquaman Prepares for SDCC, Birds of Prey Identified, & More

It’s looking like Warner Bros. and DC are going all out for Comic Con 2018. In a rare year where Marvel won’t be hogging the spotlight, the DCEU can really shine. The big […] The post DCEU News: Aquaman Prepares for SDCC, Birds of Prey Ident
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DCEU News: Aquaman Prepares for SDCC, Birds of Prey Identified, & More

It’s looking like Warner Bros. and DC are going all out for Comic Con 2018. In a rare year where Marvel won’t be hogging the spotlight, the DCEU can really shine. The big […] The post DCEU News: Aquaman Prepares for SDCC, Birds of Prey Identified, & More appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Plays: Octopath Traveler

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well […] The post Geek Plays: Octopath Traveler appeared first on Geek.com
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Geek Plays: Octopath Traveler

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading Geek.com’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well […] The post Geek Plays: Octopath Traveler appeared first on Geek.com.

Wild Balloon Creatures Overtake the Streets of New York in Jason Hackenwerth’s Animal Soul

In Animal Soul, a fleeting exhibition at Brookfield Place in New York City, artist Jason Hackenwerth (previously) brought to life a menagerie of inflatable creatures. Born from his wild imagination, the interactive inflatable artworks included wearable “
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Wild Balloon Creatures Overtake the Streets of New York in Jason Hackenwerth’s Animal Soul

In Animal Soul, a fleeting exhibition at Brookfield Place in New York City, artist Jason Hackenwerth (previously) brought to life a menagerie of inflatable creatures. Born from his wild imagination, the interactive inflatable artworks included wearable “Megamite” costumes sported by professional dancers, and towering fabric creatures that soared above the crowds. You can see more from Hackenwerth on Instagram. The Diety. #Woooohooo @bfpl_ny #gitit @klkitchen A post shared by Jason Hackenwerth (@hackenwerth) on Jul 9, 2018 at 7:44am PDT More

Sharp teeth: Jaguar may have bitten through steel cable

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo's managing director said Tuesday. Kyle
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Sharp teeth: Jaguar may have bitten through steel cable

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo's managing director said Tuesday. Kyle Burks told reporters at a ...

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Koepka traces golfing success to Scotland, aims to win Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) It was just five years ago that Brooks Koepka won the Scottish Hydro Challenge to earn a spot on the European Tour.
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Koepka traces golfing success to Scotland, aims to win Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) It was just five years ago that Brooks Koepka won the Scottish Hydro Challenge to earn a spot on the European Tour.

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