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AOC Calls for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment following Botched NYT Article

AOC Calls for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment following Botched NYT ArticleRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) called for the impeachment of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh in a tweet on Monday, amid controversy over a discredited New York Times story detailing further allegations of sexual-misconduct against Kavanaugh that was published Saturday.Along with her tweet, which was posted, then deleted, and then posted again without explanation, Ocasio-Cortez shared a video of a speech she gave at what appears to be a rally against Kavanaugh's then-impending confirmation.> This was almost a year ago.> > It is unsurprising that Kavanaugh, credibly accused of sexual assault, would lie under oath to secure a Supreme Court seat.> > Because sexual assault isn’t a crime of passion - it’s about the abuse of power.> > He must be impeached.pic.twitter.com/9PhrgeYuHv> > -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 16, 2019"Could you imagine if Brett Kavanaugh had to sit in front of a panel of eleven women of color deciding his fate? Could you imagine? Could you imagine?" she asks in the video as the crowd applauds.The Times story, which was questioned after the alleged victim said she did not remember the incident it described, led a number of Democratic presidential candidates, including Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, to join Ocasio-Cortez in calling for Kavanaugh's impeachment.> I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. > > He must be impeached.> > -- Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 15, 2019> Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him. Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.> > -- Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 15, 2019President Trump, meanwhile, suggested that those who continue to accuse Kavanaugh should be sued.> Just Out: “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.” @foxandfriends DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions - but played the game badly. They should be sued!> > -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019


US singles out Iran, readies response to Saudi oil attacks

US singles out Iran, readies response to Saudi oil attacksThe United States readied its response Monday to the "unprecedented" attack on Saudi oil facilities as President Donald Trump said Iran was likely to blame, fanning new fears of conflict in the Gulf region. Trump said he was ready to help key ally Saudi Arabia after the weekend drone attacks, which triggered a record leap in global oil prices, but would await a "definitive" determination on who was responsible. "Certainly, it would look to most like it was Iran," the president added.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 11:13 PM

Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged

Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges chargedA Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old Tyler Huffhines on Sept. 5 after parents tipped off police when they saw their teenage son with one of the cartridges. Prosecutors say Huffhines employed 10 people to fill the cartridges with THC oil at a condo he rented with a stolen identity.


Andrew Yang’s Dumb Gimmick Stepped on His Own Important Message

Andrew Yang’s Dumb Gimmick Stepped on His Own Important MessagePhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo by Jayme Gershen/GettyAndrew Yang has been my favorite Democrat to watch this election cycle, partly because he’s the candidate I would most like to be friends with. That’s why I was so disappointed to see him resort to a cheap stunt during last week’s debate. I assumed that having earned his way into the first debate where all the candidates would share the same stage at the same time, Yang would seize this moment to explain the core issue that has propelled his candidacy. In case you missed it (and you wouldn’t have seen it during the debate!), Yang’s fundamental message is that a lot of working-class Americans have been left behind, and the culprit is automation. This problem, Yang insists, is going to get much more pervasive. Like the Industrial Revolution, it will lead to tremendous dislocation and disruption. To manage this inevitable transformation, Yang proposes a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 a month, an amount specifically chosen to be big enough to mitigate the harm without being so big as to disincentivize work. Indeed, Yang argues that his “freedom dividend” could actually liberate us to pursue our inventions, passions, and dreams. The brilliance here is that Yang frames what might otherwise be seen as a radical progressive idea in language that sounds good to conservative ears. Democrats, Beware of Andrew Yang’s Insane Vision for AmericaBut instead of telling this (admittedly longer) story, Yang chose to turn his opening debate statement into a raffle where 10 families will win a “freedom dividend” of $1,000 a month for a year.  By turning his big idea into a sort of game, Yang doesn’t just skip over the seriousness of a looming automation dystopia—he actually trivializes it. What is more, the idea of giving away money based on luck or need (it’s not actually clear how winners will be determined) actually steps on Yang’s own messaging. That’s because Yang carefully avoids framing UBI as a giveaway (indeed, to qualify for the check, you’d have to opt out of welfare payments). Instead, he sells it as something you’ve earned—like Social Security—by virtue of being a “citizen of the richest, most advanced country in the world.”   So why would an obviously smart entrepreneur squander the best chance he might ever have to make his substantive argument to a large TV audience? According to Politico, the idea helped Yang “raise $1 million in the 72 hours since the debate and collect more than 450,000 email addresses from people who entered the online raffle…” Once you view the idea through the prism of list acquisition, rather than traditional message delivery, you begin to see the method to the madness. This, of course, raises legal questions. FEC experts seem to see this as problematic and dubious, though there is a general sense that nothing will be done to stop it. We live in a world where a foreign government providing opposition research to a candidate doesn’t necessarily qualify as “a thing of value,” and where using campaign funds to ostensibly pay voters can be seen as mere campaign advertising. It also raises a practical question: Where does this end?In recent years, we have seen the proliferation of cloying candidates begging us to “visit my website” or to text such-and-such message to such-and-such number. As far as I can tell, though, this is the first time audiences have been invited to participate by virtue of being given the chance to win cash. And since it has apparently worked, I’m worried that everyone else will get in on the act. That means we can expect to see more elites exploiting their positions of influence and undermining their credibility—all in the service of shameless self-promotion. I, for one, have had enough of that. Want to win a copy of my latest eBook? Sign up for my email newsletter at www.mattklewis.com. Terms and conditions may apply!Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Houthis Have an Arsenal of Ballistic and Cruise Missiles (Some from North Korea)

Houthis Have an Arsenal of Ballistic and Cruise Missiles (Some from North Korea)Know this: The Houthis inherited from the defunct Yemeni military a large number of Soviet-exported Scuds as well as North Korean-made Scuds called “Hwasong-6s.


20 arrested, 18 charged in Minneapolis beatings

20 arrested, 18 charged in Minneapolis beatingsMinneapolis police chief, assault victim talk to Fox News about arrests in downtown beatings; Matt Finn reports.

POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 12:59 AM

A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit window and attacked staff who tried to remove them

A flight in India was delayed when a swarm of angry bees covered the cockpit window and attacked staff who tried to remove themFirefighters were eventually brought in to get the plane, with 135 passengers and Bangladesh's information minister on board, to take off.


KFC is testing a fried chicken sandwich with donuts as the buns

KFC is testing a fried chicken sandwich with donuts as the bunsJust when you thought it was time to bring home the troops from the great chicken sandwich war between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A, KFC introduces a new sandwich. And it's bold.The new sandwich features the chain's Extra Crispy™ chicken filet between two hot glazed donuts.If stacking food isn't your thing you can also enjoy the components side-by-side. KFC is also introducing a Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donut Basket meal, which includes the option of chicken on the bone or chicken tenders, paired with one donut for $5.49. If that doesn't fill you up, you can add another donut for $7.49.And if your sweet tooth still isn't satisfied, you can buy single donuts for just $1.KFC Donuts BasketImage: KFCSEE ALSO: There's a fast food chicken sandwich war and we have declared the winnerUnfortunately, the new menu item will only appear for a limited time in select locations: Pittsburgh as well as Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia. When asked, the company couldn't provide a date for a nationwide roll-out of the donut sandwich as these locations are being used to determine just how hungry the country is for this daring new combination. If the reception is positive, you can look forward to checking these bad boys out at your local KFC branch.Finally, if you're a real KFC stan and were wondering, the new donut sandwich will not be featured in the highly anticipated Colonel Sander's Dating Sim set to be released September 24. On the other hand, a KFC representative assured us the Mac and Cheese bowls launched August 26 will mostly definitely be in the game. Maybe we can hope for a DLC.


Couple reveal they are raising child 'gender neutral' and haven't even told close family their baby's sex

Couple reveal they are raising child 'gender neutral' and haven't even told close family their baby's sexA couple have decided to keep their baby’s sex a secret from close relatives in a bid to avoid gender bias.  Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, refer to their 17-month-old child, Anoush, with the pronoun, "they", and dress them in both girls' and boys' clothing. The married couple, who are members of the climate action group, Extinction Rebellion, have been accused of “virtue signalling”. However, they are keen to let their child, Anoush, choose their own gender identity when they are old enough, because they wish for them to “grow into their own person”.  Close family members have not been told the child’s sex and grandmother, Camille, only found out when she changed a nappy.   The couple, who live on a houseboat in  Keynsham, Somerset, discussed the ways in which they could challenge gender bias after discovering Ms Humphrey was pregnant.  Mr England-Johns told the BBC’s Inside Out: “The neutral in gender neutral refers to us trying to behave neutrally towards our child rather than trying to make them neutral.”  “Eventually, we decided that we wouldn’t tell people whether they were a boy or a girl … in order to create this little bubble for our baby to be who they are,” Ms Humphrey said.  However their decision has sparked some controversy. Rosa Freedman, Professor of law conflict and global development at the University of Reading, said: “While this is an individual case the worry would be that in the unlikely event many parents took up this way of parenting, that the NHS,  government, and service providers would not know what to plan for in the future as they would not know how many boys or girls exist.” “Parents concerned about gendered social construct would do better to fight patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia rather and try to virtue signal to their friends and communities so they can get praise.” The couple have said that the reaction to their decision has been mixed. However Mr England-Johns said: “But over a year in, it’s clear that we are serious and gradually people have got used to it.  “Although, that still doesn’t stop some pretty confused looks from old ladies in the park when they come up to us and ask if they’re a boy or a girl. It can take a bit of explaining. “We are quite good now at holding space for people’s discomfort in us going, ‘Oh well, actually we don’t tell anyone, we’re not telling anyone for now.”

POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 12:34 PM

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment SurgeriesCalifornia added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.


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