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Airport trust awards $61.9 million new concourse contract

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City Airport Trust has selected an Oklahoma City construction company to build a $61.9 million concourse at Will Rogers World Airport. The Oklahoman reports that Timberlake Construction Company will construct the airport's ne

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Trump's shutdown will be a bummer for holiday travelers, birders, and 800,000 federal workers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's convinced there won't a be partial government shutdown over Christmas. Which is nice, but at this point seems to be a bit of a delusion. Particularly when the most that's coming out of House Republicans is in e
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Trump's shutdown will be a bummer for holiday travelers, birders, and 800,000 federal workers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's convinced there won't a be partial government shutdown over Christmas. Which is nice, but at this point seems to be a bit of a delusion. Particularly when the most that's coming out of House Republicans is in essence, «eh, no big deal.» So in the event that McConnell is full of bullshit (who, Mitch?) here's what will be hit. + Agriculture – deals with farm programs, Food and Drug Administration, food safety and inspection services, WIC, and SNAP (food stamps) [The Farm Bill passed last week authorizes, but does not fund, spending] + Commerce, Justice, Science – funds the Justice Department, FBI, Commerce Department, National Weather Service, NASA, and other agencies. + Financial Services – This bill funds the IRS, Treasury Department, FCC, Small Business Administration, the federal courts, the government of the District of Columbia, and more. + Homeland Security – This is the bill which would contain money for the President’s border wall. The House never voted on it, because the GOP didn’t have the votes for the $5 billion in wall funding. The bill funds the Border Patrol, immigration and customs operations, Coast Guard, TSA, FEMA, and other agencies. + Interior – This bill has money for Wildfire prevention, the EPA, BLM (Bureau of Land Management), the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife, Smithsonian museums and more. + State & Foreign Operations – This bill funds the State Department, and foreign aid programs. Quick, guess how much money the feds spend on this funding bill, as part of an over $4 trillion budget. Time’s up. If you said $47 billion, you win. + Transportation and Housing – This bill funds the Department of Transportation, FAA, Amtrak, and federal housing programs at HUD. That's more than 800,000 federal employees. As always, essential employees in those agencies will still be on the job, about half of the total group. Just not getting paid to be on the job. Merry Christmas to them! Despite the fact that it's Justice and State and Homeland Security that will be without funding, anyone involved in law enforcement will still be on the job. That's the FBI and Border patrol and Coast Guard and TSA, «about 53,000 TSA workers, 54,000 Customs and Border Protection agents and officers and 42,000 Coast Guard employees.» Won't that be fun for all the holiday travelers! They get to deal with already-surly TSA employees who are working for free! Since Interior is among the departments included, National Parks and everything worth visiting as a tourist in Washington, D.C., would be shuttered. Sorry, Christmas Bird Counters, you'll be shut out of the parks. However, 5,000 Forest Service firefighters and 3,600 National Weather Service employees will still have to show up to work. All because Trump has a wall fetish.

As Democrats prepare to investigate Zinke, expect more of the same from his replacement at Interior

As Ryan Zinke packs up his desk at the Department of Interior, Donald Trump is pondering which anti-environmental extremist to replace him with to oversee the $11 billion, 70,000-employee operation. Meanwhile, Democrats insist that his resigning will not s
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As Democrats prepare to investigate Zinke, expect more of the same from his replacement at Interior

As Ryan Zinke packs up his desk at the Department of Interior, Donald Trump is pondering which anti-environmental extremist to replace him with to oversee the $11 billion, 70,000-employee operation. Meanwhile, Democrats insist that his resigning will not stop them from probing a string of alleged ethical lapses and policy shenanigans. A real estate deal involving Halliburton and Zinke’s decision to recommend the shrinking of two national monuments in Utah are leading issues headed for investigation. Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) will take over as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee in two weeks and the decision to vastly reduce the acreage of those monuments will apparently be a top priority for scrutiny. Most experts who have weighed in on the matter believe the chopping of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments will be reversed in the courts for being out of line with the 112-year-old act that established authority over designating and expanding national monuments. At Think Progress, Mark Hand writes: Adam Sarvana, Grijalva’s spokesman on the House Natural Resources Committee, told ThinkProgress on Monday that the committee intends to continue oversight of Zinke’s policy decisions: “How they were arrived and who he spoke to before he made them, especially on questions like the destruction of the Utah monuments and the opening of public lands to major fossil fuel extraction.” “The investigations into Zinke’s ties to industry and misuse of taxpayer funds must continue and the Department of the Interior must reexamine every decision made during Zinke’s tenure that may have been influenced by the fossil fuel industry and other polluting special interests,” League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski said Saturday in a statement. The short list of replacements for Zinke includes Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist known for representing mining and agricultural interests, particularly in cases involving government regulations. The Colorado-born Bernhardt has made numerous enemies among conservationists and fishermen. At his confirmation hearing last year, he told senators that the views of Donald Trump and not scientists would guide decision-making at the department. “We cannot allow a lobbyist like David Bernhardt to transform our public lands and waters into oil and gas production zones when we have basically a decade left to avoid climate catastrophe,” Janet Redman, climate director for Greenpeace USA, said in a statement to Miranda Green and Timothy Cama at The Hill. 

RUSSIAN AMERICA TV - The first, Russian language independent American television channel

Founded just one year ago, this bold concept, at the nexus of classic media and blogs, was created by two completely different people, who might never have met in their motherland. Sergey Danilov is a serious businessman, doctor of economics, a professor, an
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RUSSIAN AMERICA TV - The first, Russian language independent American television channel

Founded just one year ago, this bold concept, at the nexus of classic media and blogs, was created by two completely different people, who might never have met in their motherland. Sergey Danilov is a serious businessman, doctor of economics, a professor, and author of 30 books and monographs. In ...

Trump administration reversal could soon free more children from Tornillo prison camp

A “major policy reversal” could soon help bring an end to the horror show that is the prison camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. “The government will no longer require that all adults in potential sponsor households submit fingerprints that
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Trump administration reversal could soon free more children from Tornillo prison camp

A “major policy reversal” could soon help bring an end to the horror show that is the prison camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas. “The government will no longer require that all adults in potential sponsor households submit fingerprints that are reviewed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Texas Monthly reports. ICE officials have used the fingerprinting to arrest 170 people coming forward to sponsor the migrant children under a policy change instituted earlier this year, despite nearly 110 of these immigrants having no criminal record at all. With other prospective sponsors getting scared away by the arrests, more children have continued to be detained at Tornillo, and for longer periods of time. With a major roadblock to children getting out to sponsors potentially coming down, “the most visible result of the policy change may be the closure of the Tornillo, Texas, facility that opened in June,” Texas Monthly’s Robert Moore reports. Tornillo has soared from 400 beds this past summer to 2,700 now, and is contracted through the end of the month. Of course, potential sponsors themselves could still be vulnerable to arrest and deportation if they’re undocumented, for example. Moore later tweeted that he was “still trying to clarify if sponsor fingerprints will be shared with ICE and used for enforcement,” and if the contract will be renewed after the end of the month. But this change represents a significant reversal nonetheless.

Never mind that shutdown business, House Republicans want more tax cuts

Really, House Republicans? Really? House Republicans will try again this week to pass a year-end package of tax cuts after revamping the measure a second time to win broader political support. They're washing their hands entirely of their duty to the natio
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Never mind that shutdown business, House Republicans want more tax cuts

Really, House Republicans? Really? House Republicans will try again this week to pass a year-end package of tax cuts after revamping the measure a second time to win broader political support. They're washing their hands entirely of their duty to the nation to figure out how to keep the government open over Christmas, because they gotta get one last tax cut vote in before it's all over. Maybe that's what's behind Paul Ryan's foray into unintentenial docu-comedy, his «series» on his tax-cutting legacy. Or maybe it's their total lack of imagination. I mean, for fuck's sake: «It includes a provision, first sought by Ryan over a decade ago, that would give taxpayers a charitable deduction for making donations to college fraternities and sororities for housing improvements.» So that young Republicans can stand around a keg in a nicer room, dreaming about demolishing Medicaid. Big dreams, anyway. The problem is going be convincing the newly cublicle-dwelling lame duck Republicans to come back to town, because there aren't going to be any Democrats working to get it passed.

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SpaceX, Blue Origin scrub rocket launches, eye Wednesday to try again - CNET

Four missions were scheduled for Tuesday and then postponed, but all, including the Falcon 9 and New Shepard launches, will get another go.
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SpaceX, Blue Origin scrub rocket launches, eye Wednesday to try again - CNET

Four missions were scheduled for Tuesday and then postponed, but all, including the Falcon 9 and New Shepard launches, will get another go.

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Tinder fires comms head and other employees who sued company

Tinder has fired its vice president of marketing and communications Rosette Pambakian, as well as other employees who sued Tinder’s parent company Match Group and its controlling shareholder IAC earlier this year. The Verge first broke the news of the f
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Tinder fires comms head and other employees who sued company

Tinder has fired its vice president of marketing and communications Rosette Pambakian, as well as other employees who sued Tinder’s parent company Match Group and its controlling shareholder IAC earlier this year. The Verge first broke the news of the firings. A Match Group spokesperson confirmed that a number of Tinder employees have been terminated, […]

Uncovering a key mechanism in assembly of Avian Sarcoma Virus, a relative of HIV-1

Researchers used NMR to detail how the matrix domain of the Avian Sarcoma Virus Gag protein binds to certain phospholipids. These phospholipids are vital for Gag protein binding to the plasma membrane of a cell, as the virus replicates and takes its first ste
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Uncovering a key mechanism in assembly of Avian Sarcoma Virus, a relative of HIV-1

Researchers used NMR to detail how the matrix domain of the Avian Sarcoma Virus Gag protein binds to certain phospholipids. These phospholipids are vital for Gag protein binding to the plasma membrane of a cell, as the virus replicates and takes its first step toward virus formation and budding. ASV is widely used as a model to study mechanisms of HIV infection and replication.

Using CRISPR technology for conditional gene regulation

CRISPR allows scientists to precisely target and edit DNA within living cells, which could help them correct anomalies that cause inherited diseases. A team has now developed a method to use CRISPR/Cas9 technology to set off a cascade of activities in cells,
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Using CRISPR technology for conditional gene regulation

CRISPR allows scientists to precisely target and edit DNA within living cells, which could help them correct anomalies that cause inherited diseases. A team has now developed a method to use CRISPR/Cas9 technology to set off a cascade of activities in cells, a phenomenon known as conditional gene regulation.

Southwest forest trees will grow much slower in the 21st century

Southwest forests may decline in productivity on average as much as 75 percent over the 21st century as climate warms. The finding is based on a treasure trove of about 20,000 unanalyzed tree cores discovered in a Utah laboratory about a decade ago.
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Southwest forest trees will grow much slower in the 21st century

Southwest forests may decline in productivity on average as much as 75 percent over the 21st century as climate warms. The finding is based on a treasure trove of about 20,000 unanalyzed tree cores discovered in a Utah laboratory about a decade ago.

Removing sweets from checkouts linked to dramatic fall in unhealthy snack purchases

Policies aimed at removing sweets and chips from checkouts could lead to a dramatic reduction to the amount of unhealthy food purchased to eat 'on the go' and a significant reduction in that purchased to take home, suggests new research.
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Removing sweets from checkouts linked to dramatic fall in unhealthy snack purchases

Policies aimed at removing sweets and chips from checkouts could lead to a dramatic reduction to the amount of unhealthy food purchased to eat 'on the go' and a significant reduction in that purchased to take home, suggests new research.

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Twitter Rolls Out New Update That Lets You See New Tweets First

Scrolling through older, popular content on Twitter is a nuisance, but Twitter just introduced a new update that lets you see new tweets first. On Tuesday, Twitter announced a new iOS update on […] The post Twitter Rolls Out New Update That Lets You Se
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Twitter Rolls Out New Update That Lets You See New Tweets First

Scrolling through older, popular content on Twitter is a nuisance, but Twitter just introduced a new update that lets you see new tweets first. On Tuesday, Twitter announced a new iOS update on […] The post Twitter Rolls Out New Update That Lets You See New Tweets First appeared first on Geek.com.

Yellowstone again sees more than 4 million visits

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Figures show that November was not an abnormally busy month for Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports park statisticians estimate the park had about 13,849 visits during the month, about a 3,000-visit increase ov
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Yellowstone again sees more than 4 million visits

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Figures show that November was not an abnormally busy month for Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports park statisticians estimate the park had about 13,849 visits during the month, about a 3,000-visit increase over November 2017. It brings the total for 2018 to almost ...

Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art

Cloud storage traffic might not be a top conversation topic, but Google’s Cloud team aims to have people see data differently through visualization art. On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that […] The post Google Transformed Cloud Storag
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Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art

Cloud storage traffic might not be a top conversation topic, but Google’s Cloud team aims to have people see data differently through visualization art. On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that […] The post Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art appeared first on Geek.com.

Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits

Electronics development sounds like a difficult concept but it’s actually easier than you might think, especially when you learn with Arduinos. While simple to use, Arduinos are powerful and versatile micro-controllers that form […] The post Build You
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Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits

Electronics development sounds like a difficult concept but it’s actually easier than you might think, especially when you learn with Arduinos. While simple to use, Arduinos are powerful and versatile micro-controllers that form […] The post Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits appeared first on Geek.com.

RTD: Denver's tall buildings partly to blame for line issues

DENVER (AP) - The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district's ongoing issues with the metro area's commuter rail network. That discovery came in an action plan the district submitt
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RTD: Denver's tall buildings partly to blame for line issues

DENVER (AP) - The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district's ongoing issues with the metro area's commuter rail network. That discovery came in an action plan the district submitted to federal regulators Friday and made public Monday. ...

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima
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Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima Swileh was granted a visa Tuesday and ...

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Winterbottom leaving 'massive hole' amid tough Tickford form

Winterbottom's 13-year tenure at Tickford is now officially over, the 2015 series champion headed to the single-car Team 18 outfit in one of the most high-profile moves of the silly season. While Mostert has been the pacesetter inside the Tickford garage for
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Winterbottom leaving 'massive hole' amid tough Tickford form

Winterbottom's 13-year tenure at Tickford is now officially over, the 2015 series champion headed to the single-car Team 18 outfit in one of the most high-profile moves of the silly season. While Mostert has been the pacesetter inside the Tickford garage for the past two season, especially this year when he ended up six places clear of Winterbottom in the standings, he's not underestimating the ... Keep reading

US Motorsport Report: RCR prepares for historic year

The team, owned by Richard Childress who made his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, will have both of his Cup Series cars painted gold and he’ll also feature a number change on the CHevrolet Camaro driven by Daniel Hemric. Al
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US Motorsport Report: RCR prepares for historic year

The team, owned by Richard Childress who made his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, will have both of his Cup Series cars painted gold and he’ll also feature a number change on the CHevrolet Camaro driven by Daniel Hemric. Also StarCom Racing officially buys charter from Richard Childress Racing for 2019 season. See this and more in this week’s US ... Keep reading

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