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House chair says 'we are going to get him here' after HHS head refuses to testify on separated kids

Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar is refusing a request to testify at a hearing on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, but it may not stay a request for long. “His denial to appear before the Committee in the coming weeks o
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House chair says 'we are going to get him here' after HHS head refuses to testify on separated kids

Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar is refusing a request to testify at a hearing on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, but it may not stay a request for long. “His denial to appear before the Committee in the coming weeks on the family separation policy is unacceptable,” said Energy and Commerce chair Frank Pallone, “and we are going to get him here at some point one way or another.” Azar’s refusal comes just days after a government watchdog’s investigation said that we may never know exactly how many kids were stolen from families at the southern border, or where they even definitively ended up after being released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is an office within Azar’s department.  Azar’s refusal also comes as kids separated under the policy remain in ORR custody—in violation of a federal judge’s court order—yet both Azar and Department of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen have remained scot-free and children have continued to languish without their parents. Azar, like Nielsen, has also blatantly lied about family separation. In June, Azar told a Senate committee that “there is no reason why any parent would not know where their child is located … I could at the stroke of keystrokes … within seconds could find any child within our care for any parent.” Another government watchdog report found otherwise: “The inspector general found no evidence of such a database.”  Azar’s refusal in light of all of this is just another example of the arrogance of Trump administration officials who, thanks to complicit House Republicans, have had to answer for absolutely nothing for the past two years. That era is over, and if Azar won’t abide by a request, newly empowered House Democrats should make sure he has no choice but to come in. “It has been eight months since this cruel policy came to light, and Secretary Azar has yet to appear before Congress at a hearing specifically on this policy,” Pallone said in a statement. “The stonewalling must end, and Secretary Azar must agree to appear before the Committee to answer questions and take accountability for his agency’s actions.” Wednesday, Jan. 23, marks 181 days past the federal judge’s reunification deadline, but children stolen from families at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy are still in U.S. custody. Children stolen from families before the policy are … no one knows, exactly. Family separation remains a crisis.

Don't give in, Democrats: No matter how long it takes, they should stand firm

The longer the shutdown drags on, the more important it becomes for Democrats not to yield on Trump's wall
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Don't give in, Democrats: No matter how long it takes, they should stand firm

The longer the shutdown drags on, the more important it becomes for Democrats not to yield on Trump's wall

Latest shutdown White House moves clearly orchestrated by Trump's domestic puppeteer: Stephen Miller

Campaign Action Here's a euphemistic headline for you: Trump’s Elusive Terms on Border Deal Cloud Path to End Shutdown. That suggests way more nuance than exists: Trump doesn't know what in the hell he wants besides his wall and his big TV speech. The Blo
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Latest shutdown White House moves clearly orchestrated by Trump's domestic puppeteer: Stephen Miller

Campaign Action Here's a euphemistic headline for you: Trump’s Elusive Terms on Border Deal Cloud Path to End Shutdown. That suggests way more nuance than exists: Trump doesn't know what in the hell he wants besides his wall and his big TV speech. The Bloomberg article goes on to say that his «closest advisers have competing senses of what the president would be willing to accept as part of a deal with Democrats to reopen government, underscoring the difficulty negotiators face in bridging the impasse over border security funding.» Or in what's probably actually the case, «many White House advisers fear the political backlash over the lengthening shutdown, but Stephen Miller runs the show.» Any kind of real compromise anyone in the White House might take to Trump—who famously does or says what the last person to talk to him advises—will be shot down by Miller, who makes sure to be the last voice Trump hears. From all appearances, he's even in charge of the Senate. For example, over the weekend the upcoming Senate vote was presented as a pure McConnavellian «screw the Democrats» bill: reopening government and millions and millions in disaster relief to make Democrats have a hard time voting against it, and the wall funding. What actually ended up dropping was so larded-up with political poison that no Democrat will feel compelled to support it. It's a Stephen Miller special, an anti-immigrant, anti-asylum white supremacist wish list. Maybe that's part of why McConnell went along with two separate funding bills for Thursday's votes, splitting out the wall and white supremacist shit from reopening government and paying federal workers. The original bill has lost all its pain for Democrats, making this series of two votes extremely easy for them. They vote against the wall and white supremacy and then vote to reopen government, even if it's just for two weeks. No brainer. Harder for Republicans, though. Maybe that's the effect on Trump McConnell is going for. Who the hell knows? One thing we know for sure: Trump is the puppet for two people—Stephen Miller and Vladimir Putin. Call your Republican senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to reopen government. Don't stop until this is over.

Where's the money? Elizabeth Warren demands answers from Trump officials about funds for Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from the Trump administration about Puerto Rico. In a letter dated Jan. 21, Warren wrote a series of critically important questions directed at Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben
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Where's the money? Elizabeth Warren demands answers from Trump officials about funds for Puerto Rico

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from the Trump administration about Puerto Rico. In a letter dated Jan. 21, Warren wrote a series of critically important questions directed at Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson, and director of the Office of Management and Budget and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Warren’s inquiry stems from recent news reports that Donald Trump has been trying his best to cut off emergency funds to the island since September, and has also been using the federal government shutdown as an excuse to deny the allocation of billions of dollars in housing fund money to Puerto Rico from HUD. According to Warren’s letter, Trump’s war on Puerto Rico began after he heard that Puerto Rico was using emergency funds post-Hurricane Maria to pay off its debt. This, of course, turned out to be fake news. It would have likely been an easy misunderstanding to clear up. But after two years, one thing we know well is that this White House does not operate on facts or logic. And so, upon hearing this false information  lie (which probably came from Fox News or some other right-wing trolls), Trump actually told his chief of staff (John Kelly at the time) and his Office of Management and Budget director that “he did not want a single dollar going to Puerto Rico,” suggesting that “more of the money go to Texas and Florida” instead.  Seriously, you cannot make this stuff up. And it gets even worse. Last Wednesday, the administration released a statement opposing $600 million in post-hurricane funds for the Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) (also known as food stamps), calling the money “excessive and unnecessary.” Apparently, Trump and friends not only want Puerto Ricans not to recover from Hurricane Maria—they want them to starve to death, too. Warren is raising the alarm about how billions of dollars of recovery funds for Puerto Rico and other states impacted by natural disasters are being held up by Trump’s shutdown over a border wall. HUD allocated $20 billion to Puerto Rico in 2018 alone to restore “damaged and destroyed homes, business and infrastructure.” But because of the shutdown, the island hasn’t seen a penny of that money. Warren cites that this is against HUD’s own contingency plans for lapses in appropriations—which indicate that the agency will continue to disperse certain grants during a shutdown.  Aside from deviating from the agency’s own plans, denying Puerto Rico money for housing and infrastructure when people are still recovering from a catastrophic hurricane and remain at-risk for housing instability and homelessness is downright criminal. Yet it’s perfectly in line with what we’ve come to expect from his administration’s lack of humanity and abject cruelty.

Kamala Harris announces presidential bid, makes big splash in this week's Straw Poll

The results are in!  1/22 1/8 Kamala Harris 27% 14 Elizabeth Warren 18 22 Joe Biden 13 14 Bernie Sanders 12 11 Beto O’Rourke 8 15 Sherrod Brown
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Kamala Harris announces presidential bid, makes big splash in this week's Straw Poll

The results are in!  1/22 1/8 Kamala Harris 27% 14 Elizabeth Warren 18 22 Joe Biden 13 14 Bernie Sanders 12 11 Beto O’Rourke 8 15 Sherrod Brown 6 n/a Cory Booker 2 3 Tulsi Gabbard 1 n/a Unsure 6 9 Other 5 9 n=28K n=35.5K Previously relegated: Julian Castro and Kirsten Gillibrand. Tulsi Gabbard (lol) and Cory Booker will be relegated after this week. I’m sure we’ll happily never see Gabbard again. The others may yet return.  Big numbers shift from two weeks ago showing an unsettled field. No reason for anyone to really be settled down at this point. Having a favorite is great! But with so many amazing candidates to choose from, we get to enjoy the campaign as it plays out. This is no longer a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. Most of the top contenders are solid on policy. So there’s not much to lose if choice A doesn’t win the nomination. Other than Gabbard, we’d be okay with any of those. I have my preferences, of course! Strong preferences! I’ve made very clear my desire for a ticket that looks like the party base. So yes, I want an all-woman ticket, and at least one a woman of color. But in the end, it’ll be hard for us liberal activists to lose this primary, given the options on the table.  With that in mind, it’s easier to advocate FOR your candidate than shit on the others. Unless we’re talking about Tulsi Gabbard, who is more focused on auditioning for Fox News Democrat.  What the numbers above tell me is that Harris made a nice impression in her rollout, people are already forgetting Beto, and fewer people are looking for an alternative than last time.

Support for impeaching Trump is higher than his approval rating

This is pretty notable from the new PPP poll: Only 40 percent of voters approve of Trump's job performance, while 46 percent support impeaching him (which is also more than the 44 percent who oppose impeachment). Also, remember the gusher of cash Republica
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Support for impeaching Trump is higher than his approval rating

This is pretty notable from the new PPP poll: Only 40 percent of voters approve of Trump's job performance, while 46 percent support impeaching him (which is also more than the 44 percent who oppose impeachment). Also, remember the gusher of cash Republicans poured into ads demonizing Nancy Pelosi in the midterms? PPP writes that «voters say they’d prefer to have either Chuck Schumer (46-41) or Nancy Pelosi (47-44) over Trump as President.» Stunning. Democrats barely even mentioned Trump in the midterms; they just let him sink himself, and he has had phenomenal success doing so. According to FiveThirtyEight's aggregate of polls, Trump's favorables continue to sink with him, nearing some of the lowest approvals and highest disapprovals of his presidency. Currently at 39.6 percent approval, Trump’s notching his lowest point in the aggregate since hitting 39.4 percent nearly a year ago on Feb. 26, 2018.

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Markets tumble most in 3 weeks on global growth concerns, ITC Q3 earnings

The Sensex on Wednesday fell 336 points or 0.92 per cent to end at 36,108, while the Nifty fell 0.84 per cent or 91 points to close at 10,832
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Markets tumble most in 3 weeks on global growth concerns, ITC Q3 earnings

The Sensex on Wednesday fell 336 points or 0.92 per cent to end at 36,108, while the Nifty fell 0.84 per cent or 91 points to close at 10,832

Global market rally has limits: Chief equity strategist of Goldman Sachs

Fundamentally, we do expect quite a low profit growth over the course of this year across major equity markets, and that will cap the upside, says Peter Oppenheimer
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Global market rally has limits: Chief equity strategist of Goldman Sachs

Fundamentally, we do expect quite a low profit growth over the course of this year across major equity markets, and that will cap the upside, says Peter Oppenheimer

Daredevil is canceled, but Charlie Cox isn't done with Matt Murdock - CNET

Currently appearing in heist caper King of Thieves, the actor «lives in hope» that Marvel will bring the superhero back.
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Daredevil is canceled, but Charlie Cox isn't done with Matt Murdock - CNET

Currently appearing in heist caper King of Thieves, the actor «lives in hope» that Marvel will bring the superhero back.

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New water splitting catalyst could make it easier to generate solar fuel

Water splitting, the process of harvesting solar energy to generate energy-dense fuels, could be simplified thanks to new research.
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New water splitting catalyst could make it easier to generate solar fuel

Water splitting, the process of harvesting solar energy to generate energy-dense fuels, could be simplified thanks to new research.

Scientists reconstruct ancient lost plates under Andes mountains

Geologists demonstrate the reconstruction of the subduction of the Nazca Ocean plate, the remnants of which are currently found down to 1,500 kilometers, or about 900 miles, below the Earth's surface. Their results show that the formation of the Andean mounta
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Scientists reconstruct ancient lost plates under Andes mountains

Geologists demonstrate the reconstruction of the subduction of the Nazca Ocean plate, the remnants of which are currently found down to 1,500 kilometers, or about 900 miles, below the Earth's surface. Their results show that the formation of the Andean mountain range was more complicated than previous models suggested.

Old cells repair damage in the brains of MS patients

A new study shows that there is a very limited regeneration of cells in the brain of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). These findings underline the importance of treating MS at an early stage of the disease progression, when the affected cells
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Old cells repair damage in the brains of MS patients

A new study shows that there is a very limited regeneration of cells in the brain of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). These findings underline the importance of treating MS at an early stage of the disease progression, when the affected cells can repair the damage as they are not replaced by new ones.

CRISPR/Cas9 used to control genetic inheritance in mice

Using active genetics technology, biologists have developed the world's first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic inheritance in a mammal. The achievement in mice lays the groundwork for further advances based on this technology, including biomedica
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CRISPR/Cas9 used to control genetic inheritance in mice

Using active genetics technology, biologists have developed the world's first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic inheritance in a mammal. The achievement in mice lays the groundwork for further advances based on this technology, including biomedical research on human disease. Future animal models may be possible of complex human genetic diseases, like arthritis and cancer, which are not currently possible.

Birth of massive black holes in the early universe

The light released from around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it is able to reach telescopes across the entire expanse of the universe. Incredibly, the light from the most distant black holes (or quasars) has been traveling t
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Birth of massive black holes in the early universe

The light released from around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it is able to reach telescopes across the entire expanse of the universe. Incredibly, the light from the most distant black holes (or quasars) has been traveling to us for more than 13 billion light years. However, we do not know how these monster black holes formed.

Amazon is piloting its own delivery robot

It was, of course, just a matter of time before Amazon deployed delivery robots. The company has had a robotics wing for a number of years now, though much of its public-facing side has been focused on warehouse logistics. Today, however, it took the wraps of
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Amazon is piloting its own delivery robot

It was, of course, just a matter of time before Amazon deployed delivery robots. The company has had a robotics wing for a number of years now, though much of its public-facing side has been focused on warehouse logistics. Today, however, it took the wraps off Scout. The six-wheeled robot looks a fair bit like […]

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New in The Colossal Shop: Creative Inspiration

Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator is on a quest to right the representational balance of women in art history with her incredible new book, A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women!). Krysa delves in to the life and work of dozens of contemporary and his
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New in The Colossal Shop: Creative Inspiration

Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator is on a quest to right the representational balance of women in art history with her incredible new book, A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women!). Krysa delves in to the life and work of dozens of contemporary and historical female-identifying artists. The 320-page hardcover book is filled with interviews, project prompts, and photographs for a sensorily rich and inspiring read. Plus, we’ve added art supplies from iconic Japanese brand Tombow. More

8 Bizarre Pie Flavors for Your National Pie Day Fix

It might not be the holidays anymore, but pie is one of the best desserts you can eat all year long. A flaky crust, fluffy interior, and slightly sweet taste make pie a […] The post 8 Bizarre Pie Flavors for Your National Pie Day Fix appeared first on G
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8 Bizarre Pie Flavors for Your National Pie Day Fix

It might not be the holidays anymore, but pie is one of the best desserts you can eat all year long. A flaky crust, fluffy interior, and slightly sweet taste make pie a […] The post 8 Bizarre Pie Flavors for Your National Pie Day Fix appeared first on Geek.com.

Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Video Game Awards

At the 2019 New York Video Game Awards, the annual celebration of the year in video games put on by the New York Video Games Critics Circle, GQ freelancer Joshua Rivera and I […] The post Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Video Game Awards appe
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Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Video Game Awards

At the 2019 New York Video Game Awards, the annual celebration of the year in video games put on by the New York Video Games Critics Circle, GQ freelancer Joshua Rivera and I […] The post Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Video Game Awards appeared first on Geek.com.

Biologists Using Underwater Robot Discover Deep-Sea Fish Living Where There Is ‘Virtually No Oxygen’

Scientists may have found the Olympic athletes of fish. Most animals need oxygen to survive, but deep in the dark depths of the Gulf of California, biologists have discovered large numbers of fish […] The post Biologists Using Underwater Robot Discover
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Biologists Using Underwater Robot Discover Deep-Sea Fish Living Where There Is ‘Virtually No Oxygen’

Scientists may have found the Olympic athletes of fish. Most animals need oxygen to survive, but deep in the dark depths of the Gulf of California, biologists have discovered large numbers of fish […] The post Biologists Using Underwater Robot Discover Deep-Sea Fish Living Where There Is ‘Virtually No Oxygen’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Game Awards

At the 2019 New York Video Game Awards, the annual celebration of the year in video games put on by the New York Video Games Critics Circle, GQ freelancer Joshua Rivera and I […] The post Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Game Awards appeared f
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Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Game Awards

At the 2019 New York Video Game Awards, the annual celebration of the year in video games put on by the New York Video Games Critics Circle, GQ freelancer Joshua Rivera and I […] The post Give It Up For Worlds At The 2019 New York Game Awards appeared first on Geek.com.

Hilton Expands Presence in Guangzhou with Third Flagship Opening

Hilton Hotels and Resorts recently announced the opening of Hilton Guangzhou Science City. The eight-story, 430-room full-service hotel is just minutes from downtown Guangzhou Science City and the world-class Baoneng International Sports Arena. With its exten
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Hilton Expands Presence in Guangzhou with Third Flagship Opening

Hilton Hotels and Resorts recently announced the opening of Hilton Guangzhou Science City. The eight-story, 430-room full-service hotel is just minutes from downtown Guangzhou Science City and the world-class Baoneng International Sports Arena. With its extensive meeting facilities, the hotel is primed to be the preferred choice for business travel and gatherings. The property is owned by Guangzhou Tianma Group and managed by Hilton, as per the Hilton website.“This new opening is Hilton’s first in Guangzhou Science City, a growing Research and Development and IT center that is key to the development of Pearl River Delta as China’s central hub for high-tech innovation,” said Qian Jin, area president for Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “By delivering Hilton’s exceptional service, we look forward to playing an integral role in defining the hospitality landscape as we enhance experiences for guests in Guangzhou Science City.”As per the website, ideally located in downtown Guangzhou Science City, the property is within five kilometers of the technology campuses of leading Fortune Global 500 companies and is only four kilometers away from Baoneng International Sports Arena, the most popular venue for sports and entertainment events in South China. For a spot of retail therapy, guests can visit UTOPA shopping mall, which is just steps away from the hotel or enjoy nature in the parks surrounding around the hotel.According to the website, the modern hotel is thoughtfully designed to maximize energy efficiency, featuring an expansive skylight that fills the open lobby with natural light and exterior road lamps that are solar-powered. Contemporary touches can be found throughout the hotel’s interiors, imparting minimalist, comfortable style across the four dining establishments and spacious guest rooms.“With memorable experiences to be had at the property, this newest addition to the Hilton portfolio celebrates our commitment to offer guests moments that matter around the world,” said Sean Wooden, vice president of brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton, as per the website.According to the website, guests can indulge in luxurious comfort in each of the 430 well-appointed guest rooms, including 49 suites and apartments. Each room is complete with a private balcony with scenic views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom with separate bathtub and rain shower. Business travelers have the added convenience of a large workspace, complimentary Wi-Fi and an ergonomic desk chair.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Hilton hotels and resorts.   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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Vasser, Sullivan extend IndyCar deal with Coyne, Bourdais

After getting involved Coyne in 2017, the 1996 CART Indy car champion Jimmy Vasser and business partner James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan became fulltime co-entrants for the #18 SealMaster car in 2018.The partnership bore fruit immediately, with Bourdais winning th
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Vasser, Sullivan extend IndyCar deal with Coyne, Bourdais

After getting involved Coyne in 2017, the 1996 CART Indy car champion Jimmy Vasser and business partner James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan became fulltime co-entrants for the #18 SealMaster car in 2018.The partnership bore fruit immediately, with Bourdais winning the opening round of the season at St. Petersburg, as he had the year before. He would score four more top-five finishes, as well as pole at ...Keep reading

Fulham striker banished by club after getting arrested

Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara has been banished by the Premier League club after getting arrested for an incident at its training ground in south London
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Fulham striker banished by club after getting arrested

Fulham striker Aboubakar Kamara has been banished by the Premier League club after getting arrested for an incident at its training ground in south London

Blues activate Bozak, Sanford from IR, send Kyrou, Nolan to AHL

The St. Louis Blues suddenly have a glut of healthy forwards with the activation of Tyler Bozak and Zach Sanford from injured reserve.
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Blues activate Bozak, Sanford from IR, send Kyrou, Nolan to AHL

The St. Louis Blues suddenly have a glut of healthy forwards with the activation of Tyler Bozak and Zach Sanford from injured reserve.

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