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Trump tests love-it-or-leave-it campaign message

Trump tests love-it-or-leave-it campaign messageThe president kept the pressure on four Democratic lawmakers at a boisterous campaign rally.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:40:28 -0400
Poll: 38 Percent of Democrats Say American Dream Is Unattainable for Them

Poll: 38 Percent of Democrats Say American Dream Is Unattainable for Them38 percent of Democrats say they do not believe they will achieve the American dream in their lifetimes, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.Two-thirds of independents said they see the dream as attainable, compared to 31 percent who said they do not. Overall, about 70 percent of Americans feel that American dream could be grasped, the poll reported, while 29 percent disagree.The 38 percent of Democrats who said they did not believe they could achieve the American dream represented a sharp increase from a decade ago, when 29 percent of Democrats said the same. President Trump has described the Republican party as "the party of the American Dream," perhaps contributing to the increasing partisan split on the matter."The American dream is back," the president said after taking office in 2017. "We're going to create an environment for small business like we haven't had in many, many decades."

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:57:15 -0400
New Jersey judge who cited alleged rapist's 'good family' in court ruling steps down

New Jersey judge who cited alleged rapist's 'good family' in court ruling steps downSuperior Court Judge James G. Troiano has drawn an intense backlash over his decision to bar prosecutors from bringing adult charges against the teen.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:16:18 -0400
UPDATE 1-U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmer

UPDATE 1-U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmerAt a thumbs-up sign from a sailor, a U.S. Harrier fighter jet takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea as an oil tanker passes, a nautical mile away. The patrol is "standard" but the situation - growing tension between the United States and Iran - is not. "We want to make sure that we assure allies in the region and to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce," says Colonel Fridrik Fridrikson, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:43:48 -0400
Family mourns 6-year-old girl killed by father's golf shot

Family mourns 6-year-old girl killed by father's golf shotRelatives of a 6-year-old Utah girl who died after her father accidentally struck her with a golf ball are remembering her as a loving, playful child. Aria Hill's uncle David Smith described her as a happy child who greeted strangers and enjoyed spending time with her parents. Police say the ball struck Hill in the back of the head on Monday morning, while the father and daughter were out golfing with Hill's uncle, Brayden Hill, at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:02:30 -0400
Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts

Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts* Ricardo Rossell resisting calls to resign over leaked messages * Ricky Martin and other performers join crowds on streets of San JuanThousands marched in Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of Rossello. Photograph: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty ImagesAccompanied by some of Puerto Ricos most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governors residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for the embattled governor, Ricardo Rossell, to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents.The crowd ranged from teenagers to retirees, with some waving the islands flag printed in black and gray rather than red, white and blue to symbolize their discontent with a government they call corrupt and unresponsive to its people. Musicians Ricky Martin, Residente and Bad Bunny marched and addressed the crowd.Police erected concrete barricades and shop owners covered store windows with metal sheeting or plywood as if a hurricane were coming. The multicolored umbrellas that form a photogenic awning over the street in front of the governors mansion were taken down.The turnout filled several city blocks in colonial Old San Juan but appeared to fall short of the many tens of thousands that some Rossell opponents had predicted. Many older protesters went home before nightfall as chanting young people filled Old San Juans Totem Plaza and the first few blocks leading up to the 16th century fortress where the governor resides.Karla Villalon has three elementary-age children and an 81-year-old grandmother. Her kids have been uprooted twice in two years when first one school, then another, was closed by budget cuts under Rossell. Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks.Villalon was outraged when Rossells former education secretary was arrested and accused of steering millions in improper contracts to politically connected contractors. Then hundreds of pages of online chats between Rossell and members of his administration leaked, revealing the men mocking women, the disabled and victims of Hurricane Maria. Villalon has had enough.Its the final straw, the homemaker said before the march. My kids classrooms have mold in them ... Theres just so much outrage thats been building over time.Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags in San Juan. Photograph: Gabriella N Baez/ReutersThe Rossell administration has remained under siege since the weekend after leaked text messages between the governor and a number of his inner circle revealed a slew of misogynist and homophobic comments shared between the group.A number of senior members of the administration have already resigned in the wake of the scandal, but on Monday Rossell refused to tender his resignation, claiming that while the messages were inappropriate they were not illegal.Im not proud of what I did, Rossell told reporters on Tuesday. Those were merely comments but they were hurtful comments. So, I apologize for what Ive done but again, I need to move forward and continue on the work were doing for Puerto Rico.The affair only adds to sustained criticism of Rossells leadership as sweeping austerity and privatization measures imposed after Hurricane Maria decimated the island almost two years ago drew public backlash.Puerto Rico, an unincorporated US territory, is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar debt crisis now managed by an unelected oversight board appointed in Washington that oversees much of the islands economic affairs.Shortly before the text message scandal, referred to as RickyLeaks, a number of administration officials and contractors, including the former education secretary Julia Keleher, were arrested by the FBI over allegations of corruption and misappropriation of $15.5m in federal funds apportioned to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.Workers cover shop windows with wood in preparation for protests against Governor Ricardo Rossell near La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Giusti/APKey figures in the movement to oust Rossell remained hopeful that the protests on Wednesday would remain peaceful.A number of high-profile Puerto Ricans, including the actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, singer Ricky Martin and trap artist Benito Martnez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, have also lent vocal support to the protests. Martin and Ocasio are expected to appear at the protests.San Juans firebrand mayor, Carmen Yuln Cruz, an outspoken critic of Rossell, told the Guardian by text message the demonstrations would mark a historic day in Puerto Rico.Cruz, who announced she would challenge Rossell in elections next year, became the face of resistance to the Trump administrations faltering efforts to assist during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Both Mayor Cruz and Ricky Martin also appeared as targets of abuse in the leaked text messages.According to the messages, Rossell referred to Cruz as off her meds while other administration officials mocked Martins sexuality.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:46:04 -0400
New bill would guarantee free legal representation for illegal immigrants seeking asylum

New bill would guarantee free legal representation for illegal immigrants seeking asylumA Democrat lawmaker introduces the Equal Justice for Immigrants Act to guarantee the right to counsel for illegal immigrants. Judge Alex Ferrer reacts.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:16:10 -0400
Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Cant Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign

Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Cant Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign"It is personally disappointing to Congressman Hunter that he is now being told that he cannot use this motto or image that thousands of Marines like Congressman Hunter, who went to war under this banner, have used for tattoos, coins, and multiple other items of personal sentiment," Harrison told Task & Purpose.Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has been told to stop using the Marine Corps' emblem and the 1st Marine Division's motto in his campaign literature, Corps officials confirmed.The Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office has sent Hunter, a Marine veteran, a cease and desist letter telling him to quit using the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem along with the phrase, "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy," on a fundraising mailer that accuses his political opponent of having links to terrorism, NBC News first reported on Wednesday."Please be advised that you are more than welcome to simply and accurately state that you are a Marine Corps veteran, or provide other information about your service that is based on fact," according to the letter, which NBC News posted online. "As an alternative, we do offer a 'Marine Veteran' logo (Attachment B) for use by Marines to indicate their pride in service."Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield confirmed the Corps had "taken appropriate action" to address the campaign mailers cited in the NBC story.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 05:32:00 -0400
Trump mocked for tweet on arrest of Mumbai attacks suspect

Trump mocked for tweet on arrest of Mumbai attacks suspectPakistanis Thursday mocked US President Donald Trump's claim that the alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind had been arrested "after a ten-year search" while he was actually in the public eye for much of the decade. Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric accused by Washington and New Delhi of being behind the 2008 attacks, was taken into custody on Wednesday, days ahead of a trip by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington for his first meeting with Trump. "After a ten-year search, the so-called 'mastermind' of the Mumbai Terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 05:38:33 -0400
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