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Once again, Donald Trump is having a hissyfit on Twitter

Well, Trump is on a tear again. And it's the fault of the New York Times, which he doesn't read and is dumb and stupid and shut up. xThe failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testim

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Schumer asks Treasury Dept's inspector general to look for political reasons in Tubman $20 delay

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has asked for the Treasury Department’s inspector general to look into whether purely political reasons are why the unveiling of the basic design of a new $20 bill with a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tu
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Schumer asks Treasury Dept's inspector general to look for political reasons in Tubman $20 delay

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has asked for the Treasury Department’s inspector general to look into whether purely political reasons are why the unveiling of the basic design of a new $20 bill with a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman on it is being delayed from next year until at least 2026 and not put into circulation until 2030 or thereabouts. Assuming, of course, that the slave-freeing icon is ever depicted on the bill that has, since 1928, sported an image of Andrew Jackson on its front. That’s the genocidal slavocrat who is often called the “people’s president” for his populist views and policies. Donald Trump has hung a portrait of Jackson, one of his favorites, in the Oval Office.  As noted here last week, Mnuchin told Congress in May that “technical” reasons meant the unveiling of the Tubman $20 would be delayed, adding that she might not be on a new $20 at all. The original timetable was set during the Obama administration for 2020 because that is the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women nationwide the right to vote. Tubman would be only the third woman to appear on U.S. currency, the first in about 120 years. Pocahontas, the Powhatan woman known to her own people as Matoaka, appeared on the reverse of a $20 in the 1860s, and Martha Washington appeared on the front of a $1 bill from 1886 until about 1900. The decision was made under Obama to engrave Tubman’s visage on the front of the $20 and put a smaller version of the Jackson portrait on the back.  Mnuchin claimed to Congress that the six-year delay in the unveiling of the design concept of the Tubman $20 is needed so that new anti-counterfeiting security features can be added to the bill. But The New York Times reported last week that it had obtained a copy of a design for the bill that had been completed in late 2016 when Barack Obama was still president. Alan Rappeport reported: A current employee of the bureau, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, personally viewed a metal engraving plate and a digital image of a Tubman $20 bill while it was being reviewed by engravers and Secret Service officials as recently as May 2018. This person said that the design appeared to be far along in the process. However, in a June 14 statement, Bureau of Engraving and Printing Director Leonard Olijar said: “The illustration published by the New York Times was a copy of an old Series note with the signatures of former officials, with a different image super-imposed on it.  It is not a new $20 note, as incorrectly stated by the New York Times, in any way, shape or form. The facsimile contained no security features or offset printing included on currency notes. There is nothing about that illustration that even begins to meet technical requirements for the next family of notes.”

Is it John Bolton or Tucker Carlson who has Trump’s ear on Iran?

As tensions with Iran threaten to spill over into war, the big question is who has sway over President Donald Trump, his hawkish advisers or a cautious Fox News host, and the answer might make all the difference. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Is it John Bolton or Tucker Carlson who has Trump’s ear on Iran?

As tensions with Iran threaten to spill over into war, the big question is who has sway over President Donald Trump, his hawkish advisers or a cautious Fox News host, and the answer might make all the difference. Read Full Article at RT.com

Hope Hicks' testimony was genuinely worse than useless

On Wednesday, former White House communications director Hope Hicks appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door session. Hicks was there to answer questions related to the over 100 mentions she collected in the report from former special co
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Hope Hicks' testimony was genuinely worse than useless

On Wednesday, former White House communications director Hope Hicks appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door session. Hicks was there to answer questions related to the over 100 mentions she collected in the report from former special counsel Robert Mueller, including her knowledge of some of the most notorious elements of Donald Trump’s attempted cover-up. Unfortunately, that cover-up continued on Wednesday, as Hicks was accompanied by lawyers from the Department of Justice there to ensure that not a single question was answered about her time in the White House. That included objecting to such critical questions as whether Hicks had actually spoken with the special counsel, and where her office was located in the White House. Overall, the feeling emerging from the room where Trump’s “surrogate daughter” appeared was one of extreme frustration. Even Republican representatives out to throw Hicks a lifeline found their efforts cut off by a quick “Objection!”  It wasn’t just that the DOJ was there to execute the protection-by-potential-privilege theory that Trump has exercised since his first days in office. For Hicks, the lawyers introduced the idea of “absolute immunity,” declaring that she couldn’t be asked anything about her government service. The implication seemed to be that Hicks wasn’t just due executive privilege in her communications with Trump, but that, as a former member of the executive branch, she was immune from being asked anything about … anything. This is not only a wholly new expansion; it’s one that, if left unchallenged, would extend over the vast majority of people who work for the government, dragging almost all of their actions behind a cloud of unlimited protection. While most of what emerged from Hicks’ visit appears to have been frustration, farcical objections, and the jaw-dropping implications of “absolute immunity,” House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler has indicated the day wasn’t totally without a response. As Politico reports, Hicks did “break from Trump” by declaring that “foreign assistance should be rejected and reported to the FBI.” Which is … No. Wait. That’s still nothing. Eight. Long. Hours. Of nothing.

This Week in Statehouse Action: Summer Tripped edition

Happy summer! Yup, it’s solstice time, which means that A. it’s officially summer now (yay!) and B. the days are going to start getting shorter (boo!). Yeah, sorry, it’s not all roses and cashmere. But you don’t come here for candy-coating. You don
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This Week in Statehouse Action: Summer Tripped edition

Happy summer! Yup, it’s solstice time, which means that A. it’s officially summer now (yay!) and B. the days are going to start getting shorter (boo!). Yeah, sorry, it’s not all roses and cashmere. But you don’t come here for candy-coating. You don’t run from facts, even when they’re somewhat unpleasant. Oregon Republicans, on the other hand, have decided to start their summer vacations … early. Campaign Action Fly Away: As Democratic-governed Oregon is poised to pass landmark environmental legislation that would create a cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in the state, Senate Republicans are nowhere to be found. No, really. Like, no one can find them. They left the state. Relegated to a superminority of the chamber, Oregon Senate GOPers are in a lousy position to prevent the bill from passing the old-fashioned way. So they decided to not show up for work, effectively denying Democrats the quorum required to convene and hold votes. This isn’t the first time they’ve run out on their jobs. It’s a tactic they’ve used before, way back in [[checks notes]] May. Yes, of this year. That time, Republicans fled to prevent votes on gun safety legislation and a bill modifying vaccination exemptions for kids.  And they won. Despite having a supermajority in the chamber, Democrats rolled right over and gave the GOP pretty much everything they wanted to accommodate their return. So it’s no wonder, a whole month and change later, Republicans are pulling the same stunt again. But things are … different this time. Democrats can’t afford to fold again, and one Republican actually threatened violence against state troopers sent to return him to the job voters elected him to do, saying that the governor should “send bachelors and come heavily armed.” Senate Democrats will fine their absent colleagues $500 per day, and Gov. Kate Brown has already dispatched law enforcement to track down the fleeing GOPers. And no, the flee-to-prevent-votes-on-bills-we-don’t-like tactic isn’t a new one, nor is it one exclusively used by Republicans. In 2001, Oregon Senate Democrats walked out for almost a week to hold up a GOP legislative redistricting bill. And of course, who could forget the 2011 Democratic walkouts in Wisconsin and Indiana? … you forgot about Indiana, didn’t you? Everybody forgets about Indiana Both of these walkouts were attempts to halt anti-union (and in Indiana’s case, anti-public education) legislation. Wisconsin Senate Democrats walked out in mid-February of 2011 to prevent a vote on a “budget repair bill” that would have stripped public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights.  The walkout was part of a massive, ongoing public protest of the legislation. Republicans used a procedural gimmick to pass the anti-union part of the bill anyway, and Democrats eventually returned to the state in March. Indiana House Democrats also walked out in February of 2011. They stayed away for 34 days and earned concessions on so-called “right to work” legislation and the proposed privatization of public schools. So Democrats did it again in 2012. This time, though, there was no similar situation in Wisconsin to bring additional attention to their fight and place additional pressure on Indiana Republicans. The Democrats eventually came back, and Republicans rammed through whatever they wanted. So yes, both parties do it. But Democrats walk out to hold up partisan gerrymandering and legislation that hurts workers and imperils kids’ ability to get a high-quality public education. Republicans are doing it to block bills that expand gun safety, ensure more kids get vaccinated against deadly diseases, and protect the planet. Just something to keep in mind if folks try to ride that both-sides high horse—it’s got awfully lopsided legs.

Gov. Gavin Newsom apologizes to California Indians for genocide. Media ignore scalp bounty

California Gov. Gavin Newsom offered an official apology to the state’s Native population on Tuesday for the genocide launched against their ancestors when California became a state. In an executive order, the governor noted a “century of depredations
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Gov. Gavin Newsom apologizes to California Indians for genocide. Media ignore scalp bounty

California Gov. Gavin Newsom offered an official apology to the state’s Native population on Tuesday for the genocide launched against their ancestors when California became a state. In an executive order, the governor noted a “century of depredations and prejudicial policies” against American Indians in the state, commended and honored Natives for continuing their cultural and linguistic traditions, and offered an apology “for the many instances of violence, maltreatment and neglect California inflicted on tribes.” More than 100 tribes, some without federal recognition, still exist in the state.  The executive order includes the formation of a Truth and Healing Council to “bear witness to, record, and examine existing documentation of, and receive California Native American narratives regarding the historical relationship between the State of California and California Native Americans in order to clarify the historical record of this relationship in the spirit of truth and healing.” The council will be led by the governor’s tribal adviser and include representatives of California tribes along with members of state and local government agencies and other “relevant non-governmental stakeholders.” Sophia Bollag at The Sacramento Bee reported: “It’s called a genocide,” Newsom said at a ceremony announcing the state’s apology. “No other way to describe it... I’m sorry on behalf of the state of California.” [...] “We can never undo the wrongs inflicted on the peoples who have lived on this land that we now call California since time immemorial, but we can work together to build bridges, tell the truth about our past and begin to heal deep wounds,” Newsom said in a written statement.

Iranian UN envoy condemns 'unlawful destabilizing measures' by US

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations has called on the international community to end “unlawful destabilizing measures” by the US, declaring that while Iran does not seek war, it “reserves the right to counter any hostile act. Read Full Article at RT.co
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Iranian UN envoy condemns 'unlawful destabilizing measures' by US

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations has called on the international community to end “unlawful destabilizing measures” by the US, declaring that while Iran does not seek war, it “reserves the right to counter any hostile act. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Google drops out of tablets and won't make another Pixel Slate - CNET

Google confirms that there'll be no Pixel sequel, and it reportedly ditches two smaller tablets that it had in the works.
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Google drops out of tablets and won't make another Pixel Slate - CNET

Google confirms that there'll be no Pixel sequel, and it reportedly ditches two smaller tablets that it had in the works.

Aston Martin CEO claims Valkyrie will attempt a 'Ring record, report says - Roadshow

Andy Palmer says that attempts at the records at both Spa and Silverstone are in the cards too.
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Aston Martin CEO claims Valkyrie will attempt a 'Ring record, report says - Roadshow

Andy Palmer says that attempts at the records at both Spa and Silverstone are in the cards too.

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NASA Invites Media to Opening of Newly-Restored Apollo Mission Control Center

Fifty years ago, an unparalleled team of experts in a mission control center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston landed the first humans on the Moon. Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for the reopening of this historic and n
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NASA Invites Media to Opening of Newly-Restored Apollo Mission Control Center

Fifty years ago, an unparalleled team of experts in a mission control center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston landed the first humans on the Moon. Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for the reopening of this historic and newly-restored facility at 9 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28.

A chat with Niantic CEO John Hanke on the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Just shy of three years ago, Pokémon GO took over the world. Players filled the sidewalks, and crowds of trainers flooded parks and landmarks. Anywhere you looked, people were throwing Pokéballs and chasing Snorlax. As the game grew, so did the company behi
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A chat with Niantic CEO John Hanke on the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Just shy of three years ago, Pokémon GO took over the world. Players filled the sidewalks, and crowds of trainers flooded parks and landmarks. Anywhere you looked, people were throwing Pokéballs and chasing Snorlax. As the game grew, so did the company behind it. Niantic had started its life as an experimental “lab” within Google […]

Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cells

A new study suggests that three of the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on the fat and immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity.
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Phenols in cocoa bean shells may reverse obesity-related problems in mouse cells

A new study suggests that three of the phenolic compounds in cocoa bean shells have powerful effects on the fat and immune cells in mice, potentially reversing the chronic inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity.

Advanced NMR captures new details in nanoparticle structures

Advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques have revealed surprising details about the structure of a key group of materials in nanotechology, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), and the placement of their active chemical sites.
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Advanced NMR captures new details in nanoparticle structures

Advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques have revealed surprising details about the structure of a key group of materials in nanotechology, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), and the placement of their active chemical sites.

Epilepsy and sudden death linked to bad gene

In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die. Now, a group of UConn neuroscientists have a lead as to why. Many neurologists argue that a bad seizure can travel through the brain to cause breathing or heartbeat malfunction
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Epilepsy and sudden death linked to bad gene

In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die. Now, a group of UConn neuroscientists have a lead as to why. Many neurologists argue that a bad seizure can travel through the brain to cause breathing or heartbeat malfunction, and that's what kills. But epileptics can die suddenly without having an obvious seizure. Instead, the researchers have evidence a genetic mutation that causes the seizures also disrupts the cells that control breathing.

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Pilots' union asks Boeing CEO for time in 737 Max simulator

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines wants Boeing to give his safety experts time in a 737 Max flight simulator before the planes fly again. Daniel Carey says it's essential that pilots who'll fly the plane be invol
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Pilots' union asks Boeing CEO for time in 737 Max simulator

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines wants Boeing to give his safety experts time in a 737 Max flight simulator before the planes fly again. Daniel Carey says it's essential that pilots who'll fly the plane be involved as it goes through ...

Thousands of People Demand Netflix to Cancel ‘Good Omens’ in Petition Fail

Thousands of people demanded the cancellation of Good Omens, a dark comedy TV show based on the hit novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Their petition was almost making moves, except it was […] The post Thousands of People Demand Netflix to Cance
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Thousands of People Demand Netflix to Cancel ‘Good Omens’ in Petition Fail

Thousands of people demanded the cancellation of Good Omens, a dark comedy TV show based on the hit novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Their petition was almost making moves, except it was […] The post Thousands of People Demand Netflix to Cancel ‘Good Omens’ in Petition Fail appeared first on Geek.com.

Song of One of the World’s Rarest Whales Recorded for First Time

The “song” of the eastern North Pacific right whale, an extremely rare whale species on our planet, was recorded for the first time by marine biologists. On Thursday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […] The post Song of One o
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Song of One of the World’s Rarest Whales Recorded for First Time

The “song” of the eastern North Pacific right whale, an extremely rare whale species on our planet, was recorded for the first time by marine biologists. On Thursday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […] The post Song of One of the World’s Rarest Whales Recorded for First Time appeared first on Geek.com.

Taco Bell Wants You to Stay at Its Insta-Worthy Palm Springs Hotel

You can now get your Taco Bell fix on vacation: The American fast food chain is opening The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, California, and the Insta-worthy hub […] The post Taco Bell Wants You to Stay at Its Insta-Worthy Palm Spring
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Taco Bell Wants You to Stay at Its Insta-Worthy Palm Springs Hotel

You can now get your Taco Bell fix on vacation: The American fast food chain is opening The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort in Palm Springs, California, and the Insta-worthy hub […] The post Taco Bell Wants You to Stay at Its Insta-Worthy Palm Springs Hotel appeared first on Geek.com.

ESA’s BepiColombo Spacecraft Shares Selfies on Mercury Trip

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) BepiColombo spacecraft is taking in all the cosmic scenery on its journey to Mercury. The spacecraft, which is en route to the planet, recently snapped three selfies, which […] The post ESA’s BepiCol
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ESA’s BepiColombo Spacecraft Shares Selfies on Mercury Trip

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) BepiColombo spacecraft is taking in all the cosmic scenery on its journey to Mercury. The spacecraft, which is en route to the planet, recently snapped three selfies, which […] The post ESA’s BepiColombo Spacecraft Shares Selfies on Mercury Trip appeared first on Geek.com.

‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Completes Netflix’s Anime Ambitions in 2019

You deserve a fair warning. The Netflix premiere of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the heady mech anime to end all anime, is upon us. All 26 episodes episodes and more will hit the streaming […] The post ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Completes Netflix
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‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Completes Netflix’s Anime Ambitions in 2019

You deserve a fair warning. The Netflix premiere of Neon Genesis Evangelion, the heady mech anime to end all anime, is upon us. All 26 episodes episodes and more will hit the streaming […] The post ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Completes Netflix’s Anime Ambitions in 2019 appeared first on Geek.com.

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