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Congressional Republicans eye Kavanaugh's low-30s approval rating with envy

When a Reuters-Ipsos poll this week put the approval rating for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh five points underwater at 31-36 percent approval/disapproval, congressional Republicans must have thought to themselves, Hey, not bad! After all, the approv

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Open thread for night owls. Reich: Economy in much worse shape than it appears

20 days remain until the final votes are cast in the midterms Robert Reich at TruthDig writes—The Economy Is in Much Worse Shape Than It Looks: I keep hearing that although Donald Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he’s presiding over
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Open thread for night owls. Reich: Economy in much worse shape than it appears

20 days remain until the final votes are cast in the midterms Robert Reich at TruthDig writes—The Economy Is in Much Worse Shape Than It Looks: I keep hearing that although Donald Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he’s presiding over a great economy. As White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow recently put it, “The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting.” Really? Look closely at the living standards of most Americans, and you get a very different picture. Yes, the stock market has boomed since Trump became president. But it’s looking increasingly wobbly as Trump’s trade wars take a toll. Over 80 percent of the stock market is owned by the richest 10 percent of Americans anyway, so most Americans never got much out of Trump’s boom to begin with. The trade wars are about to take a toll on ordinary workers. Trump’s steel tariffs have cost Ford $1 billion so far, for example, forcing the automaker to plan mass layoffs. What about economic growth? Data from the Commerce Department shows the economy at full speed, 4.2 percent growth for the second quarter. But very little of that growth is trickling down to average Americans. Adjusted for inflation, hourly wages aren’t much higher now than they were forty years ago. Trump slashed taxes on the wealthy and promised everyone else a $4,000 wage boost. But the boost never happened. That’s a big reason why Republicans aren’t campaigning on their tax cut, which is just about their only legislative accomplishment. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.”  ~~George Monbiot  TWEET OF THE DAY BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—CO-Sen: Schaffer on His Own Now: National Republicans have decided Bob Schaffer is a sinking ship, and you know what happens with the rats then. Last week there were rumors that the NRSC was going to pull out of Schaffer's campaign for the Colorado Senate seat being vacated by Wayne Allard. That speculation is confirmed today. Mark Udall, has been posting consistent leads in polling for the last month, probably one reason a cash-strapped NRSC has decided to retrench and defend other seats. It's not just the NRSC that have been scared off. «Independent» 527s, are also pulling out, looking to Oregon and North Carolina to try to salvage a few Republican incumbents. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin & Joan McCarter round up the day’s news. The Khashoggi story gets worse every minute. Young voters may show up this year! With electoral accountability now looming, it's time for Republicans start lying and crying about health care. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Denver's Casa de Paz welcomes newly released migrants with fresh clothes, food and compassion

Sarah Jackson said she was “just living my perfect little life” when she went with her church to visit the U.S./Mexico border eight years ago. “I didn’t know immigrant detention centers existed … it was not even a blip on my radar.” It would be
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Denver's Casa de Paz welcomes newly released migrants with fresh clothes, food and compassion

Sarah Jackson said she was “just living my perfect little life” when she went with her church to visit the U.S./Mexico border eight years ago. “I didn’t know immigrant detention centers existed … it was not even a blip on my radar.” It would become a trip that could not only change the course of her life, but the lives of many others. She just didn’t know it yet. For six years, Jackson has operated Casa de Paz—House of Peace—offering recently released Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees “a place to stay as well as food, clothing and transportation. It is also Jackson’s home, and guests are treated like family.” Outside, there’s no signage on the two story house in order to attract as little negative attention as possible. Inside, guests are welcomed with fresh clothes—“guests are released from the detention center wearing the outfit they were arrested in”—nutritious food, toiletries, even cell phones. Jackson’s has welcomed more than 1,400 people from nearly two dozen countries over the years, and guests can stay for up to three days. Oftentimes, they already have relatives in the United States they are “eager to meet up with,” The Guardian reports. But even three days can make all the difference for a vulnerable asylum seeker leaving traumatic detention. “Most of us who have passed through the border and the detention centre have a bad impression of America and are not expecting any good from anybody,” an African asylum seeker currently staying at Casa de Paz told The Guardian. “You are released into this strange place with no money in a country that has treated you poorly. Then you have this home where there’s free food, clothes, everything.” Jackson, “who has a day job selling software to churches,” has raised funds for Casa de Paz through volleyball tournaments, as well as relying on donations and volunteers. “Jackson is about a third of the way through raising $400,000 to buy a bigger house next to the detention center. Without rent to pay, the money from the volleyball league can go towards paying someone to staff the house all day, which will allow Casa de Paz to help more people.” She credits her visit to the border long ago, along with hearing the stories of vulnerable people who fled their home countries for their lives, with pushing her in her mission to welcome the stranger with dignity and respect. “Over and over the Bible talks about treating the sojourner or immigrant as one of your own,” she said. “That’s not how we treat our own.”

The press bites back: Organization sues Trump to protect media from unconstitutional restrictions

PEN America is a New York nonprofit dedicated to promoting creative expression and defending the rights upon which it’s predicated: freedoms of speech and press. Its members range from journalistic to literary to media professionals. There’s no shortage
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The press bites back: Organization sues Trump to protect media from unconstitutional restrictions

PEN America is a New York nonprofit dedicated to promoting creative expression and defending the rights upon which it’s predicated: freedoms of speech and press. Its members range from journalistic to literary to media professionals. There’s no shortage of issues for the organization to tackle, especially now, but PEN’s “bedrock work” is “long-term advocacy on behalf of individual writers who are being punished because of their work.” They take exception to Trump’s war against the press. Represented by Protect Democracy and the Yale Law School Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, PEN America is moving beyond criticism to legal complaint. They’re asking a federal district court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, to declare Trump’s retaliatory actions unconstitutional under the First Amendment and to block Trump from retaliating or directing retaliation against someone based on their speech.  Their challenge is meaningful, as the organization was founded in 1948. It’s also nonpartisan. PEN “forcefully raised concerns about free expression infringements during the Obama, Bush, and other prior administrations.” Trump’s not even the first president PEN has sued. It’s a pretty complaint. PEN takes care to catalogue Trump’s verbal attacks on the press (“disgusting,” etc.), then notes that these comments, while anti-democratic, are not the basis for this suit. The problem is, they point out, that he has threatened to engage, and he has engaged, in conduct intended to retaliate against specific news organizations and journalists he disagrees with. PEN says Trump’s retaliatory measures against Amazon—motivated by a desire to strike at founder Jeff Bezos, also owner of the Washington Post—have included criticizing Amazon in a way that affected its stock, telling USPS to re-evaluate its rates for Amazon, and personally directing the head of USPS to double rates for Amazon and its ilk.  Trump has also openly referred to his vendetta against CNN.

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke says the Clinton-Lewinsky affair was “absolutely an abuse of power”

“I think now, 20 years down the road, it’s OK to say, ‘This was an abuse of power'”
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#MeToo founder Tarana Burke says the Clinton-Lewinsky affair was “absolutely an abuse of power”

“I think now, 20 years down the road, it’s OK to say, ‘This was an abuse of power'”

Abby Huntsman rips Warren’s DNA test on “The View”: “I found this to be pretty embarrassing for her”

Meanwhile, Joy Behar wonders if Democrats are just getting distracted, urging them to “keep your eye on the ball”
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Abby Huntsman rips Warren’s DNA test on “The View”: “I found this to be pretty embarrassing for her”

Meanwhile, Joy Behar wonders if Democrats are just getting distracted, urging them to “keep your eye on the ball”

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Dollar at one week high after hawkish Fed minutes; Asia stocks capped

The spectre of rising US dollar yields, which along with global trade tensions were at the centre of last week#39;s global equities rout, kept riskier appetite in check in Asia.
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Dollar at one week high after hawkish Fed minutes; Asia stocks capped

The spectre of rising US dollar yields, which along with global trade tensions were at the centre of last week#39;s global equities rout, kept riskier appetite in check in Asia.

US says it could remove India from currency monitoring list

The Department of Treasury maintained the same monitoring list in its latest report released on Wednesday but said if India continues with the same practices as in the last six months, it would be removed from its next bi-annual report.
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US says it could remove India from currency monitoring list

The Department of Treasury maintained the same monitoring list in its latest report released on Wednesday but said if India continues with the same practices as in the last six months, it would be removed from its next bi-annual report.

US oil edges up after 3% drop on big stock build

US West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 17 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $69.92 a barrel by 0031 GMT, after falling 3 percent in the previous session to settle below $70 for the first time in a month.
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US oil edges up after 3% drop on big stock build

US West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 17 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $69.92 a barrel by 0031 GMT, after falling 3 percent in the previous session to settle below $70 for the first time in a month.

Equity, currency, commodity markets are closed today for Dussehera

On Wednesday, the S&P BSE Sensex lost 383 points or 1 per cent to settle at 34,780 while the broader Nifty50 index lost 132 points or 1.24 per cent to end at 10,453.
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Equity, currency, commodity markets are closed today for Dussehera

On Wednesday, the S&P BSE Sensex lost 383 points or 1 per cent to settle at 34,780 while the broader Nifty50 index lost 132 points or 1.24 per cent to end at 10,453.

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Experts raise safety concerns about cardboard baby boxes

Cardboard baby boxes are being promoted for infant sleep as a safe alternative to more traditional cots, bassinets, or Moses baskets, without any evidence in place, warn experts.
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Experts raise safety concerns about cardboard baby boxes

Cardboard baby boxes are being promoted for infant sleep as a safe alternative to more traditional cots, bassinets, or Moses baskets, without any evidence in place, warn experts.

Ancient Andean genomes show distinct adaptations to farming and altitude

Ancient populations in the Andes of Peru adapted to their high-altitude environment and the introduction of agriculture in ways distinct from other global populations that faced similar circumstances.
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Ancient Andean genomes show distinct adaptations to farming and altitude

Ancient populations in the Andes of Peru adapted to their high-altitude environment and the introduction of agriculture in ways distinct from other global populations that faced similar circumstances.

Genome sequencing found feasible and informative for pediatric cancer treatment

Comprehensive genetic testing of tumors and non-cancerous tissue from pediatric cancer patients is a feasible and clinically useful approach that can guide patient care, according to new findings.
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Genome sequencing found feasible and informative for pediatric cancer treatment

Comprehensive genetic testing of tumors and non-cancerous tissue from pediatric cancer patients is a feasible and clinically useful approach that can guide patient care, according to new findings.

Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy

In his final book, released Oct. 16, Stephen Hawking tackles big questions about the universe, delving into physics, cosmology, the existence of God and the future direction of humanity.
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Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy

In his final book, released Oct. 16, Stephen Hawking tackles big questions about the universe, delving into physics, cosmology, the existence of God and the future direction of humanity.

Eliminating emissions in India and China could add years to people's lives

In a recent study, researchers wanted to know how replacing coal-fired powerplants in China and India with clean, renewable energy could benefit human health and save lives in the future. The researchers found that eliminating harmful emissions from powerplan
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Eliminating emissions in India and China could add years to people's lives

In a recent study, researchers wanted to know how replacing coal-fired powerplants in China and India with clean, renewable energy could benefit human health and save lives in the future. The researchers found that eliminating harmful emissions from powerplants could save an estimated annual 15 million years of life in China and 11 million years of life in India.

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The Latest: Officials deny $2 billion transit center lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on lawsuits over a $2 billion transit terminal in San Francisco (all times local): 4 p.m. The agency in charge of a troubled $2 billion San Francisco transit terminal is fighting back against a lawsuit filed by the general cont
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The Latest: Officials deny $2 billion transit center lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on lawsuits over a $2 billion transit terminal in San Francisco (all times local): 4 p.m. The agency in charge of a troubled $2 billion San Francisco transit terminal is fighting back against a lawsuit filed by the general contractor that managed the project's ...

Smithsonian museum to receive Matthew Shepard collection

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A collection of Matthew Shepard's papers and personal objects will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. A news release from the Smithsonian says the museum will accept the donation from Shepard's parents, Ju
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Smithsonian museum to receive Matthew Shepard collection

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A collection of Matthew Shepard's papers and personal objects will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. A news release from the Smithsonian says the museum will accept the donation from Shepard's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, in Washington on Oct. 25. KTWO-AM ...

WTF? Wednesday: The Wacky Sport of ‘Extreme Ironing’

Household chores are a major time suck. Mopping floors, dusting furniture, and tidying clothes are lengthy projects and kill downtime. Even though these mundane tasks aren’t fun, what if we had the opportunity […] The post WTF? Wednesday: The Wack
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WTF? Wednesday: The Wacky Sport of ‘Extreme Ironing’

Household chores are a major time suck. Mopping floors, dusting furniture, and tidying clothes are lengthy projects and kill downtime. Even though these mundane tasks aren’t fun, what if we had the opportunity […] The post WTF? Wednesday: The Wacky Sport of ‘Extreme Ironing’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Can You Beat These 9 Incredible Gaming World Records?

Think you’re fast at building a castle in Minecraft or great at putting together a killer cosplay outfit? Beat these guys: Callum Knight of London, UK, built a castle in Minecraft creative mode […] The post Can You Beat These 9 Incredible Gaming W
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Can You Beat These 9 Incredible Gaming World Records?

Think you’re fast at building a castle in Minecraft or great at putting together a killer cosplay outfit? Beat these guys: Callum Knight of London, UK, built a castle in Minecraft creative mode […] The post Can You Beat These 9 Incredible Gaming World Records? appeared first on Geek.com.

Builder sues over $2.2 billion San Francisco transit center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The general contractor that managed construction of San Francisco's troubled $2.2 billion transit terminal is suing the agency in charge of the project alleging faulty design and mismanagement. The joint venture of Webcor Builders and Oba
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Builder sues over $2.2 billion San Francisco transit center

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The general contractor that managed construction of San Francisco's troubled $2.2 billion transit terminal is suing the agency in charge of the project alleging faulty design and mismanagement. The joint venture of Webcor Builders and Obayashi Corp. filed the lawsuit Tuesday in San Francisco. The lawsuit ...

A Student Lost in the Easy Freedom of Youth Depicted in a Cross-Stitch Mural by Aheneah

Ana Martins, who works as Aheneah, recently reflected on the relaxed freedom of youth and captured that feeling in a cross-stitched intervention on a wall in Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal. The work is along a popular route to a local school, and is comprised
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A Student Lost in the Easy Freedom of Youth Depicted in a Cross-Stitch Mural by Aheneah

Ana Martins, who works as Aheneah, recently reflected on the relaxed freedom of youth and captured that feeling in a cross-stitched intervention on a wall in Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal. The work is along a popular route to a local school, and is comprised of over 2,300 screws and nearly 760 yards of yarn. The 22-year-old artist isn’t far from the experience of transitioning from student to adult. Martins shares with Colossal, “Every day, for many years, thousands of kids pass by this wall while going from home to school and from school to home. More

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Mo Bamba, Aaron Gordon power Magic to season-opening win over Heat

Rookie Mohamed Bamba and the Orlando Magic went on a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter and held on for the win over the Miami Heat 104-101.
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Mo Bamba, Aaron Gordon power Magic to season-opening win over Heat

Rookie Mohamed Bamba and the Orlando Magic went on a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter and held on for the win over the Miami Heat 104-101.

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