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South Korea police say they may have found serial killer

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Iran and U.S. Navy SEALs Are Ready to Battle in the Persian Gulf

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Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military

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CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit Interview

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Dozens of people charged for illegally distributing millions of opioid pills

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Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., a rising star regarded by many Democrats as a future speaker of the House.But after nearly nine months, with her eyes now wide open to the downsides of her revolutionary reputation and social media fame, Ocasio-Cortez has tempered her brash, institution-be-damned style with something different: a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained."I think I have more of a context of what it takes to do this job and survive on a day-to-day basis in a culture that is inherently hostile to people like me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.Gone from her Washington office are her original chief of staff and her communications director, two Justice Democrats co-founders who were intent on waging their divisive brand of politics from their offices on Capitol Hill. No longer an unabashed ambassador of the combative group, Ocasio-Cortez has carefully managed her involvement with it.And she never did go after Jeffries, now chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the same position held by former Rep. Joseph Crowley last year when Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on ousting him. Instead, on Tuesday she announced that her first endorsement of a primary challenger to an incumbent Democrat would be Marie Newman, who is making a second run at ousting Rep. Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, a conservative-leaning Democrat who is regarded by many of his colleagues as something of an outlier because of his opposition to abortion rights and his vote against the Affordable Care Act. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democrat to break with Lipinski and support Newman, nor is she the first.Deciding on the endorsement, she said, was in part a product of having learned to balance her twin roles as a dissident and a member of Congress."It's not just about being an activist," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It forces you to grow. So it doesn't mean you don't endorse activists, but it also requires an assessment for a capacity of growth and how you navigate a space like this."When she first arrived on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez and her team made it clear they planned to use their perch inside Congress as a platform for their divisive, outsider brand of politics. On her first day of orientation, Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters camped outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office agitating for the Green New Deal."It could have made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee," she joked later that week on a Justice Democrats conference call promoting the organization's candidate recruitment campaign. "They still might."Ocasio-Cortez may have meant it as an offhand quip, but her comment underscored a reality on Capitol Hill that she and her team were slow to fully appreciate: the extent to which power and the ability to get things done in the House were dependent on personal relationships and respect for the hierarchy. The first-term congresswoman enjoys rich public support outside the halls of Congress, particularly on social media platforms where progressive activism thrives. But the approach that she and her cohorts champion -- pulling the institution to the left in part by threatening the careers of any Democrat who fails to embrace their ideas -- quickly alienated many of her colleagues, and has made it difficult for her to get anything done.And in private conversations, many of Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic colleagues routinely complain that in her zeal to build her social media celebrity and political brand, the first-term congresswoman is too quick to cast aspersions on her fellow lawmakers, painting them as apologists for the status quo."In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter, because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview. "In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized."She said she has gone through a "loss of innocence and naivete," realizing that it was impossible to separate the legislative work of serving in Congress with the politics of reelection campaigns."They are frankly much closer in that dynamic and much closer in overlapping than a lot of people tend to realize," she said.Ocasio-Cortez has cut back on her appearances on behalf of Justice Democrats and has begun bolstering her fellow incumbent freshmen lawmakers, like Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., a member of Democratic leadership who she will support at a fundraiser in Boulder later this week. In April, she rallied around some of her colleagues who flipped districts President Donald Trump won in 2016, encouraging her Twitter followers to donate to their campaigns. She diligently reached out to the so-called majority-makers on her committees -- the centrist freshmen who flipped Republican-leaning seats -- to win them over.Her aides, however, continued to carry the Justice Democrats flag without restraint, tweeting out their support when the group challenged incumbents, to the dismay of Democratic aides and lawmakers. A flashpoint came in July when Saikat Chakrabarti, then her chief of staff, ignited a firestorm by accusing centrist Democrats of enabling "a racist system" after they blocked an effort to defund immigration enforcement as part of an emergency border aid package. In a post on Twitter, he compared them to "new Southern Democrats," a reference to segregationists. It was a remarkable breach of protocol for an unelected aide.Jeffries used the House Democrats' official Twitter account to deliver a biting warning shot in a now-deleted tweet that singled out the chief of staff. Two weeks later, Chakrabarti announced he would leave the office entirely. Ocasio-Cortez's new chief, Ariel Eckblad, a former aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is well-versed in the workings of Capitol Hill and is widely seen as a sober-minded replacement. Corbin Trent, who had been handling communications for both Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and her congressional office, a highly unusual arrangement, has returned to the political side.The rift was an escalation of a feud that began days earlier when Maureen Dowd, The New York Times columnist, asked Pelosi about the fury from the Bronx Democrat and three other progressive freshmen over the border aid package. The speaker noted that the group had failed to persuade any other Democrats to join them in voting against the House's version of the bill."All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world," Pelosi said then. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."Ocasio-Cortez fired back by saying that it was she and progressive activists who revere her, not Pelosi, who wielded the real power in the party, and later complained that the speaker was engaging in a "singling out of newly elected women of color." Chakrabarti followed up with a tweet questioning the speaker's leadership.The break ultimately led to a private, one-on-one meeting with Pelosi in the speaker's Capitol office last month, where Ocasio-Cortez appeared ready to call a truce, telling reporters, "I think the speaker respects the fact that we're coming together as a party and a community."Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, said Ocasio-Cortez's challenge came from the fact that she leads a movement "bigger than one district and Washington."Navigating her role as a legislator and a movement-maker is basically what her career is about," Shahid said in an interview. "We'll continue to have that theory of change with one foot in D.C. and one foot in the movement. It's really hard to do that."For Ocasio-Cortez, the process continues to be bumpy. Even with Eckblad at the helm, her office still operates in some ways more like an upstart campaign on a shoestring than a congressional office. A replacement for Trent has yet to be hired, and another aide who routinely rankles rank-and-file aides and lawmakers with combative comments -- like when he claimed his fellow congressional aides were elitist "careerists" -- is still in place.And while it is not clear how many more Justice Democrats Ocasio-Cortez will endorse, she said she was still "very wedded" to the insurgent theory of change that propelled her to Congress."Change by nature takes friction," she said. "It's just a question of how we move through it."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?

Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?Drew Angerer/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.This month I stepped inside a Burger King for the first time in three years. I wanted to try out the new, plant-based “Impossible Whopper,” and learn from an expert—a vegan, no less—about its supposed potential to save the planet, your health, and the lives of lots of cows. Short answers: truth, fiction, and truth.“The first time I had a hamburger it was from Burger King,” said Sarah Chandler, a longtime friend, activist, and food educator, as we devoured our Whoppers in downtown Brooklyn. “And it was, for sure, my favorite hamburger.”But that was a long time ago. These days, Chandler, who recently completed a stint working at Farm Forward (tagline: “Until no animals suffer on factory farms”), is a passionate activist for reducing meat consumption and eating healthier.“I pre-gamed by getting a $4 container of broccoli rabe in Koreatown this morning,” she warned me.Here are three things I learned.First, the Impossible Whopper is delicious. “This tastes so good, I think there’s been a mistake,” I told Sarah as we dug in.Based on a Frankenstein-like fusion of soy protein and yeast (the Beyond Burger is based on pea protein), the Impossible Whopper was indistinguishable from a regular hamburger. Beyond and Impossible use clever tricks to make the burgers “bleed” like regular meat. Probably the thin patty helped, plus all the trimmings and condiments being exactly the same as regular Burger King. I was fooled. Second, in terms of global warming, the plant-substitute meats really could make a difference. Almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture, and large-scale cattle production is among the most intensive. It’s a triple hit, often involving deforestation in developing countries (such as Brazil) and pesticide use, intensive water use, and transportation in industrialized ones. It’s been estimated that a pound of beef produces the amount of carbon dioxide equal to 31 miles of driving a car.And then there are the farts. Cows’ digestive systems excrete methane (mostly through belching, actually), and methane is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. While most methane pollution actually comes from oil and gas, cattle farming is still a major contributor: a single cow releases 30-50 gallons of methane every day. The key point is that the Impossible Burger, and its chief competitor, Beyond Meat, are meant for everybody, not just environmentalists who want to save the world. That’s a crucial distinction. Even if every virtuous environmentalist stopped eating meat, that wouldn’t make a dent in global warming. There just aren’t enough do-gooders out there. (It’s been estimated that 16 percent of U.S. consumers avoid animal products for environmental reasons.)Fast food, though, is a powerful aggregator.On any given day, more than one in three Americans eats fast food. That’s 84.8 million adults. Even if only half of them are eating burgers, that’s nearly 10 million pounds of beef every single day. What’s more, most of that is industrially farmed. While small-scale cattle farming can actually be carbon negative (cows eat grass that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air), large-scale farming is fossil-fuel intensive, both in farming methods and transportation.In sum, Beyond’s own study found that a Beyond Burger generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a regular one, and Impossible’s found an 89 percent reduction. Independent assessments are more conservative, but still estimate that a plant-based burger has about half the carbon footprint of a regular burger. And with the market for meat substitutes expected to hit $2.5 billion by 2023, according to Euromonitor estimates, that’s a lot of cows, and cow emissions, saved.So, will it work?That’s the third thing I learned, and the news isn’t great.While the Impossible Whopper passed our taste test with flying colors, it fails on cost and health.First, it’s expensive. A regular Whopper costs $4.19. An Impossible Whopper theoretically costs $5.59, but at the franchise we visited, it was $6.50. There’s no data on how many customers that deters, but I can’t imagine many will be motivated to pay 50 percent more for their lunch.Of course, regular Big Macs and Whoppers are so cheap in large part because of government corn subsidies. (Cows normally eat grasses, but in the topsy-turvy world of American farm policy, corn ends up being cheaper). Every fast-food burger you eat is basically welfare. But until that changes, it’s hard to see a pricier Whopper competing seriously.Meanwhile, the health benefits of plant-based burgers are, at best, unclear.There’s no question that Impossible products are heavily processed, beginning with genetically modified soybeans and continuing with an intensive process that likely removes a lot of the nutrients along the way. Do those costs outweigh the health benefits of reducing one’s meat intake?It may depend on quantity. “What is healthy and not healthy is really complicated,” Chandler said. “Eating lots of fried things and processed things all the time is not healthy, but eating them sparingly, as a treat, is fine.”Chandler said that the comparison between a regular Whopper and an Impossible one may simply be a wash. “If I were sitting with someone, and they asked ‘how do I make one change in my life to eat healthier?’ The thing that I would want for them is for them to get into better habits about meal planning and making food from scratch.”But how many people will do that? Probably not many. The whole point of the Impossible Whopper is to get large numbers of people to make a meaningful impact on climate change without working too hard.If health won’t motivate people, what about global warming?Chandler was skeptical. “What I know from my experience as a food educator,” she said, “is that health motivates people significantly more than climate change. It’s very difficult to imagine that you’re both the perpetrator of and solution to a big problem. It’s too distant and people get overwhelmed and decide not to deal with it.”Meanwhile, those who are already committed to fighting climate change are unlikely to pop into a Burger King anytime soon. Already there’s been a backlash against corporate giants using plant-based offerings as a kind of “greenwashing.” “I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t want to give money to Burger King because they’re part of the problem,” Chandler told me.So, yes, plant-based meats could play a significant role in fighting global warming if enough people make the switch. But it’s not pure enough for ultra-environmentalists, not healthy enough for the health-conscious, and not cheap enough for the price-sensitive.All that being said, Sarah remained upbeat.“If someone eats fast food four days a week and now they’re going to have this, even just once a month, and they like it,” she said, “that’s a lot of land, that’s a lot of cows, that’s a lot of people, and I’m very happy about it.”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.


From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousin

From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousinScientists say they've deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female member of the Denisovans, a population known mostly from small bone fragments and teeth recovered in Siberia's Denisova Cave. Denisovans may have occupied that cave from more than 200,000 years ago to around 50,000 years ago.


Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacks

Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacksThe dramatic weekend assault on two Saudi oil facilities saw one of the targets struck four times sparking fires that took five hours to extinguish, the national oil company said Friday. At the Khurais plant in eastern Saudi Arabia, a charred web of pipes and supports was flanked by cranes as staff assessed the extensive damage to an oil stabiliser apparatus. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks, which have been claimed by Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels, condemning them as an "act of war" which knocked out half the kingdom's oil production.


FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage

FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage(Bloomberg) -- A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and the company is working with relevant authorities to understand the facts better, Memphis-based FedEx said in an email. Geng Shuang, spokesman at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a briefing Friday that he was detained after being found with 681 air-gun pellets in his luggage.While FedEx didn’t provide details, a Wall Street Journal report earlier cited people familiar with the matter as saying Chinese authorities have started a criminal probe on the former U.S. Air Force colonel for allegedly carrying ammunition illegally. China notified the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou about the matter and the case is still under investigation, Geng said.FedEx has been under particular scrutiny in recent months, after Huawei Technologies Co. said documents it asked to be shipped from Japan to China were diverted to the U.S. instead without authorization. In another incident, FedEx said it mistakenly rejected a package containing a Huawei phone being sent to the U.S. from the U.K., a claim China rebuffed.Separately, police in China’s Fujian province started an investigation into a package containing a gun delivered by FedEx to a company in China, state media reported in August. Chinese authorities also began probing FedEx on suspicion of illegally handling a package sent to Hong Kong containing knives, Xinhua News Agency reported in early September.The fracas over the Huawei packages has seen FedEx targeted in Chinese state media, with Beijing considering adding the company to a list of so-called unreliable entities it is drafting, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in June.China Mulls FedEx Blacklisting After Huawei Delivery ErrorsAfter the U.S. slapped curbs on Huawei, China’s Commerce Ministry announced the creation of the list in late May to target firms that the government says damage the interests of domestic companies.(Updates with foreign ministry comment in second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Thomas Black, Feifei Shen and April Ma.To contact the reporter on this story: Young-Sam Cho in Hong Kong at ycho2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net, Emma O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next week

Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next weekLorena and Mario are seen swirling near Mexico early Friday morning. (Image/CIRRA RAMMB) Tropical moisture is expected to converge on the southwestern United States early next week. Despite an ongoing drought, the heavy rain could bring a heightened risk of flash flooding and mudslides."There is the potential for heavy rain across the Southwest, especially Arizona, from Sunday night through Tuesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and western U.S. blogger Brian Thompson said.A non-tropical storm associated with a large dip in the jet stream is expected to drop southward across the West during this time frame.Ahead of this storm, moisture will be drawn northward from the tropics. Some of this moisture will be associated with Lorena and perhaps Mario, should the two tropical systems merge together.If the two storms come together, they would combine to bring a significant rain event for portions of the Southwest, according to Thompson.This type of the setup has the potential to produce more than a month's worth of rain in a few hours. Phoenix typically receives 0.64 of an inch of rain during September, while Flagstaff, Arizona, averages over 2 inches."Any non-excessive rain that were to fall on the region would be welcomed," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Drought conditions have grown considerably across the Southwest over the past few months due to a lack-luster monsoon season. While Arizona was free of drought during the middle of June, over 85 percent of the state is enduring moderate to severe drought, according to the latest outlook by the U.S. Drought Monitor.AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned, however, that this event will produce too much rain in a short amount of time."Enough rain may fall to trigger flash flooding and debris flows, due to the arid terrain in the region," Sosnowski said.Dry stream beds, known as arroyos, which have been dry over the past few months may suddenly fill with rushing water.People with normal commutes or long-term travel plans across the region early next week should be mindful of the threat for flash flooding and be on the lookout for flooded and closed roads. Remember to turn around and find a safer, alternate route when floodwaters are encountered."While Arizona has the best chances of getting significant rain, portions of southeastern California and New Mexico could also get in on the rain," Thompson said.The rainfall should assist fire crews battling ongoing blazes across the region and put a temporary end to the risk of new wildfire ignition.However, on the northwestern side of the storm, building warmth and dry, gusty winds will create heightened wildfire dangers across Northern California early next week.Even coastal communities will experience the warmth, with the San Francisco Bay Area expected to hit the 80s F during Tuesday and Wednesday of next week."With these warm, dry conditions, any wind that kicks up with it will increase the fire danger," Thompson said. "We're now heading into prime wildfire season across California, so staying on guard is important."


Trump administration rejects California request for homeless funds

Trump administration rejects California request for homeless fundsThe Trump administration on Wednesday rejected requests from California for more money from Washington to fight homelessness, opening another front in the battle between the White House and the state's Democratic-led progressive government. Newsom and other Democratic elected officials - including the mayors of California's largest cities - wrote to President Donald Trump this week asking for more federal funds to expand programs to provide stable living environments for the homeless.


How Iran Would Unleash an 'All Out War': Lots of Missiles

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6 things to know about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg

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A damning new report on the 737 Max blames 'inexperienced pilots' and the low-cost airlines that employ them — not Boeing

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See Photos of the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i

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Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

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Giant construction project takes shape in remote North Korea

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Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortage

Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortageLt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, says the 'ultra-left' city council does not want to increase the police department amid escalating violence.


Three hunters mauled in grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone: 'He was in their face before they even had chance to grab a gun'

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A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to cross

A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to crossTrump's "asylum ban," recently affirmed by the Supreme Court, means that families fleeing violence may be stuck in Mexico indefinitely.


Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying Investigation

Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying InvestigationWhy don't they want to know?


Buttigieg jabs at Warren for her 'evasive' answer on middle-class taxes under Medicare for All

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This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.

This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.Smith Collection/Gado/GettyWhen Houston immigration activist Roland Gramajo Reyes invited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to a public meeting for people worried about being arrested due to their immigration status, he didn’t think he’d end up behind bars.He was wrong. Gramajo’s longtime advocacy on behalf of Houston’s immigrant and Latino communities, family, attorney, and allies said, make them seriously doubt that the timing of his apprehension was an accident.Now, Gramajo, 40, is caught in a tug-of-war between law enforcement agencies seeking to either deport him after 25 cumulative years in the United States, or to first incarcerate him for improper entry into the United States, a charge that could land him in prison.Handout“His bond was denied Monday by a federal judge, so he will remain in detention while his illegal reentry charges are resolved,” Raed Gonzalez, Gramajo’s attorney, told The Daily Beast. “We are trying to reopen his immigration case… Many hurdles await us, but we are trying our best.”Gramajo, a father of five and grandfather of two, was born in Retalhuleu, Guatemala in 1979, and first moved to Houston at age 15. Since then, he has made the improvement of the Guatemalan community and his adopted hometown his life’s mission.He founded the Centro Organizativo Guatemalteco, which raises funds for humanitarian causes in Guatemala, as well as the Southwest American Systems Chamber of Commerce, which helps minority children participate in sports and beauty pageants. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the city in 2017, he took weeks off work to organize community efforts in helping those affected by the storm’s flooding that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. For his work, Gramajo has received commendations from a host of state and local organizations, including the Alief Independent School District, Houston Community College, the Golden Eagle Society, and the Houston City Council.Only days before his apprehension by ICE, Gramajo had organized a “know your rights” seminar for undocumented immigrants and their families in the city—the seminar to which he had invited immigration agents to participate. That invitation, Gramajo’s defenders believe, may have unintentionally goaded ICE into looking into Gramajo’s immigration status, a charge ICE has called “baseless.”“To be abundantly clear, ICE personnel did not attend this Immigration Forum in any capacity—official or unofficial,” the agency released in a statement last week, saying that Gramajo became a target after ICE received an anonymous tip about his status. “To portray him in one-sided media reports… as a victim of some ‘covert’ law enforcement operation is an insulting affront to public safety.”“We’re not gonna be able to comment any further on the anonymous tip” that led to Gramajo’s apprehension, ICE spokesperson Tim Oberle told The Daily Beast when asked about the timing of the tip that lead to his arrest, “because it’s anonymous, obviously.”At the heart of ICE’s deportation case is Gramajo’s 1998 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of burglary of a vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Gramajo’s family told reporters in Houston that the charge was the result of a practical joke that he had played on a friend, the vehicle’s owner.After his plea, immigration authorities commenced deportation proceedings against Gramajo, culminating in his deportation to Guatemala in summer 2004. Gramajo returned months later to be with his family in Houston—including his wife and children—and has remained ever since.It’s that 2004 illegal entry for which Gramajo will stand trial. If he is found guilty, he could face a six-month prison sentence before his potential deportation.“My sons, they are texting me asking how is their father, and that’s what hurts the most,” Magaly Quicano, Gramajo’s wife, told reporters in Houston last week. “I’ve been praying, praying praying that he will win this immigration battle.”Gramajo’s defenders, who count members of Houston’s political establishment among their members, told The Daily Beast that the potential deportation of the father of five is disgraceful.“The prospect of deporting Mr. Gramajo is outrageous,” Mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen, a member of the Houston City Council, told The Daily Beast. Last year, the city council commended Gramajo as “dedicated to serving and inspiring the community,” and whose “qualities represent a true leader with an exceptional drive to improve the quality of life” throughout the city.“His so-called ‘crime’ of coming back to this country—his country—after his 2004 deportation is a result of unjust laws. If I were in his shoes, I would have tried to find a way back to my spouse and children too,” Cohen added, noting that she has called upon ICE to immediately release him. “He is an asset to Houston and there is no legitimate public safety-related reason to deport him again. If ICE’s concern is public safety, they should be focusing their limited resources on those who are bringing violence, drugs, and human trafficking in to our communities.”Houston City Council member Steve Le, who brought forth a successful proposal last year to name May 17, 2018 as “Roland Omar Gramajo Reyes Day” in the city, called Gramajo “a good person and community leader” whose presence in the city makes it a better place to live. “Our office appreciates everything he has done for the community and recognized him with a Mayoral Proclamation for his achievements,” Le told The Daily Beast. “We were surprised by his arrest and hope the court will take into account all the great contributions he has made when determining his sentencing. We look forward to a favorable outcome for his family and our community.”But after a judge denied his bond in a hearing on Monday, Gramajo will remain in federal detention until trial. Even if he wins his criminal case, his presence in the United States is far from assured—if deported, Gramajo will be barred from entering the United States for 20 years.“I don’t know what the verdict will be, but I leave everything in the hands of God and wait,” Quicano said tearfully. “No more.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'

Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'Justin Trudeau has refused to rule out the existence of more pictures of himself in blackface as he said white "privilege" had blinded him to the racism of the practice.  Three separate cases of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface have emerged in the last two days, shredding his reputation as a liberal poster boy a month before the Canadian elections. During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mr Trudeau said he "deeply regretted" the incidents, saying it was the sort of discrimination ethnic minorities "face on a regular basis". "I didn't see that from the layers of privilege that I have. And for that I am deeply sorry, and I apologise". He declined to be drawn on whether further photographs may emerge, saying "I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered." Mr Trudeau admitted he did not reveal the episodes to his Liberal Party during vetting processes when he ran for office, saying "I never talked about this. Quite frankly I was embarrassed". The Canadian leader's political turmoil began on Wednesday night, when Time magazine published a yearbook photograph of a 29-year-old Mr Trudeau wearing robes and a turban, his hands, face and neck coated with brown makeup. Then a teacher at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, Mr Trudeau was attending an Arabian nights themed gala dressed as Aladdin. In the few photos from the event, Mr Trudeau appears to be the only reveller wearing makeup. On Thursday morning, Global News released an undated, low resolution video of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface, raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue. The Liberal party confirmed it shortly afterwards. “Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019,” said opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, adding that the prime minister is “not fit to govern”. Justin Trudeau, 29, wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck Credit: Time Magazine Addressing the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Mr Trudeau admitted he also “wore makeup” while performing Day-O by Harry Belafonte at a high school talent show, taking the number of incidents to three so far. “I’m p----d off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Mr Trudeau said during his apology. The prime minister said he did not consider it racist at the time, but knows better now. Mr Trudeau dodged a question about whether he should resign, responding: “I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case-by-case basis, I think. I deeply regret that we, that I, did that, I should have known better but I didn’t.” Mr Trudeau is widely seen as a leading exponent of multiculturalism and diversity. Asked four years ago why he had nominated a gender-balanced cabinet, following his landslide election victory, Mr Trudeau famously responded: “Because it’s 2015.” BREAKING: A video — obtained exclusively by Global News — shows a third instance of Justin Trudeau in what appears to be racist makeup.cdnpolielxn43https://t.co/1WNWm9QPat— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) 19 September 2019 “This is the Trudeau brand imploding,” said Stephanie Chouinard, professor of politics at Queen’s University, of the images. Popular support for Mr Trudeau has slumped this year following accusations he pressured his former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to drop a criminal probe into engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The company, which is accused of handing out bribes worth C$47.7m to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011, employs more than 3,000 workers in Quebec, where Mr Trudeau's own electoral riding of Papineau lies. In August, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion accused the prime minister of violating Canada's ethics laws, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has reportedly been in contact with Ms Wilson-Raybould - who was expelled from the Liberal caucus in April - to discuss the matter.  Heading into the October 21 election, Mr Trudeau is currently tied with Conservative Mr Scheer in the polls. With little public support for either candidate, the Liberal party has attempted to fight the election on social issues, accusing Mr Scheer of having archaic views on abortion and same-sex marriage and digging up dirt on conservative candidates. “Trudeau has not been shy about contrasting his party’s image with that of the conservative party,” said Ms Chouinard. Against that backdrop, many Canadians will see hypocrisy in Mr Trudeau’s blackface revelations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologises for wearing brownface makeup in 2001 Credit: Reuters Jagmeet Singh, leader of the third-place NDP, called the image insulting. “It’s about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin,” tweeted Mr Singh, who himself wears a turban. West Point Grey Academy is one of several elite Vancouver private schools, catering to wealthy families in British Columbia, with annual fees of C$23,490. Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of ⁦@JustinTrudeau⁩ in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019 Profile | Justin Trudeau The gala Mr Trudeau attended – which also featured belly dancing, according to a 2001 school newsletter in 2001 – raised approximately $160,000 for the academy. Earlier this year across Canada’s southern border, Virginia governor Ralph Northam refused to resign after admitting he had worn blackface, following the release of a yearbook photo. The Liberal Party did not respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.


State sending troopers to help fight St. Louis crime

State sending troopers to help fight St. Louis crimeMissouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending highway patrol troopers and other state workers to St. Louis as part of an effort to fight the surge of violent crime that has included the killings of more than a dozen children in the region so far this year. Parson said the total cost of the state's commitment, including the 25 state employees who will work in the St. Louis region, is up to $4 million. "This is about targeting violent criminals and getting them off the street," Parson said at a news conference in St. Louis.


'We think we missed the mark': Amazon tells workers they can stay in their jobs, after announcing their roles would be eliminated (AMZN)

'We think we missed the mark': Amazon tells workers they can stay in their jobs, after announcing their roles would be eliminated (AMZN)"For anyone who is not able to shift to more hours, we are committed that no one loses their job," Amazon said in an email to workers.


Why Trump had a wad of cash in his back pocket

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Death of troubled officer whose gun wasn't taken away marks record number of suicides in NYPD

Death of troubled officer whose gun wasn't taken away marks record number of suicides in NYPDA police officer's recent death has disturbingly highlighted the record number of suicides among members of the New York Police Department this year.


South Korea police say they may have found serial killer

South Korea police say they may have found serial killerSouth Korean police said Thursday that they have found a suspect thought to be an infamous serial killer wanted for the slaying of nine women some 30 years ago. Senior police officer Ban Gi-soo said police have continued their investigation into the 1986-1991 slayings even after the statute of limitations expired 13 years ago in order to find the truth. Ban said the technological improvement of DNA analysis allowed authorities to extract DNA samples from evidence that wasn't possible at the time of the cases.


Iran and U.S. Navy SEALs Are Ready to Battle in the Persian Gulf

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Single 25-year-old mother of 3 diagnosed with terminal cancer: 'I'm scared of leaving them behind'

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Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military

Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. MilitaryZahra Billoo, who joined the board of the Women's March just several days ago, announced on her Twitter feed Thursday morning that she has been voted off the board.Billoo has a history of controversial statements on Twitter, in which she has compared the U.S. and Israeli militaries to ISIS and Nazis, once even asserting that the FBI recruits "mentally ill" people to join ISIS.The Women's March has not released a statement explaining the justification for her dismissal as of this writing.However, Billoo asserted in a tweet thread that she was voted out as a result of an "Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in defense of Palestinian human rights and the right to self determination."Addressing the controversy over her tweets, she wrote "In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words."> In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words. 15/> > -- Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) September 19, 2019Billoo stated on Facebook in 2017 that she would not go to see the movie "Wonder Woman" because of the participation of actress Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces. She justified her stance by saying she would similarly not see a movie in which the lead actress was proud of being a member of ISIS, al-Qaeda, or the U.S. military.In a 2014 post on Twitter, Billoo said she was opposed to "all terrorism, including all that regularly committed by the US military and Al Qaeda, the Israeli Defense Forces and ISIS.”Billoo and other new members were hired to replace three former Women's March leaders dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism. Two of these members, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, have drawn fire for their support of Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.


CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit Interview

CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit InterviewLess than 24 hours after former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski admitted that he has “no obligation to be honest to the media” while being caught lying red-handed, CNN brought on the pugnacious Trump loyalist for an interview that predictably went sideways.Appearing on CNN’s New Day on Wednesday morning, Lewandowski and anchor Alisyn Camerota spent a frustrating and headache-inducing 16 minutes going round and round over his contentious and combative testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. The lengthy CNN segment, in fact, basically came across like a microcosm of Tuesday’s hearing—lots of deflection, insults, contradiction, and condescension.For instance, Camerota began the interview by asking Lewandowski about his tactic of stonewalling or just straight-up refusing to answer questions from House Democrats during his testimony, prompting the possible Senate hopeful of doing the same exact thing to her. “You just mischaracterized saying I didn’t answer the majority of questions,” Lewandowski complained at one point. “You and I both know that’s not an accurate statement. You and I both know I answered the majority of their questions.”This prompted a mini-argument between the two over whether or not Lewandowski invoking executive privilege during the hearing was the same as refusing to answer a question. This was merely the beginning of the insufferability.Later on, Lewandowski—a one-time CNN political commentator—used a Trumpian line to mischaracterize the findings of the Mueller Report, claiming the report was “very clear” that there “was no collusion, there was no obstruction.”“That’s not what the Mueller Report said, Corey!” Camerota shouted back, adding: “Did you read the Mueller Report?”Lewandowski admitted he “never did,” prompting Camerota to ask how he even knows what is in the report. The Trump operative, however, decided to flip it back to the CNN anchor, asking her whether she read the 400-plus page report. “There were 10 different examples of obstruction in there,” she accurately said, causing Lewandowski to claim his former colleague was lying and being “disingenuous.” She went on to air a graphic that showed the 10 different instances of Trump’s attempted obstruction of the Russian investigation laid out in the report, including Lewandowski’s own attempts to get then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal and stymie the probe.“All of the examples that any regular citizen would have been charged and convicted of if they were not a sitting U.S. president,” Camerota noted. “You know that part, right?”“I don’t know that to be true,” Lewandowski dismissively replied.Camerota, eventually, swung it back around to Lewandowski’s confession that he lies to the press, asking him if he only feels an obligation to tell the truth under oath. Lewandowski’s answer was to invoke former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is now a CNN contributor.“You and your network continue to use him as a contributor who has been lying under oath,” he sneered. “So if you’re going to hold me to a standard, hold your same employees and contributors to that same standard.”Naturally, the conversation went nowhere. As Lewandowski kept trying to make it about McCabe, Camerota attempted to get him to admit that he lies to the media, prompting his to ask: “Are you a journalist, or are you a talking head?”“You’re listening with your mouth,” Camerota snapped back.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


Dozens of people charged for illegally distributing millions of opioid pills

Dozens of people charged for illegally distributing millions of opioid pillsDozens of people - including six doctors and seven pharmacists - have been charged with fraud for illegally distributing more than 6 million opioid pills.Some of the pills were obtained using counterfeit prescription pads, and the stolen identities of legitimate doctors, prosecutors say.


Guatemala joins ranks of cocaine producers as plantations and labs emerge

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How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's RulesWASHINGTON -- Less than two weeks after being sworn in last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young progressive star fresh off an upset of one of the top Democratic leaders in the House, put her fellow Democrats on notice that she would soon be coming for them, too.Appearing in a promotional video for Justice Democrats, the insurgent liberal group dedicated to unseating entrenched Democratic lawmakers that helped sweep Ocasio-Cortez to power, the Bronx firebrand urged her supporters to recruit candidates to run against her new colleagues. She was flanked by the group's three co-founders, two of whom had just taken top jobs in her office. There were even whispers that she might try to oust Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., a rising star regarded by many Democrats as a future speaker of the House.But after nearly nine months, with her eyes now wide open to the downsides of her revolutionary reputation and social media fame, Ocasio-Cortez has tempered her brash, institution-be-damned style with something different: a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained."I think I have more of a context of what it takes to do this job and survive on a day-to-day basis in a culture that is inherently hostile to people like me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.Gone from her Washington office are her original chief of staff and her communications director, two Justice Democrats co-founders who were intent on waging their divisive brand of politics from their offices on Capitol Hill. No longer an unabashed ambassador of the combative group, Ocasio-Cortez has carefully managed her involvement with it.And she never did go after Jeffries, now chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the same position held by former Rep. Joseph Crowley last year when Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on ousting him. Instead, on Tuesday she announced that her first endorsement of a primary challenger to an incumbent Democrat would be Marie Newman, who is making a second run at ousting Rep. Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, a conservative-leaning Democrat who is regarded by many of his colleagues as something of an outlier because of his opposition to abortion rights and his vote against the Affordable Care Act. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democrat to break with Lipinski and support Newman, nor is she the first.Deciding on the endorsement, she said, was in part a product of having learned to balance her twin roles as a dissident and a member of Congress."It's not just about being an activist," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It forces you to grow. So it doesn't mean you don't endorse activists, but it also requires an assessment for a capacity of growth and how you navigate a space like this."When she first arrived on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez and her team made it clear they planned to use their perch inside Congress as a platform for their divisive, outsider brand of politics. On her first day of orientation, Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters camped outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office agitating for the Green New Deal."It could have made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee," she joked later that week on a Justice Democrats conference call promoting the organization's candidate recruitment campaign. "They still might."Ocasio-Cortez may have meant it as an offhand quip, but her comment underscored a reality on Capitol Hill that she and her team were slow to fully appreciate: the extent to which power and the ability to get things done in the House were dependent on personal relationships and respect for the hierarchy. The first-term congresswoman enjoys rich public support outside the halls of Congress, particularly on social media platforms where progressive activism thrives. But the approach that she and her cohorts champion -- pulling the institution to the left in part by threatening the careers of any Democrat who fails to embrace their ideas -- quickly alienated many of her colleagues, and has made it difficult for her to get anything done.And in private conversations, many of Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic colleagues routinely complain that in her zeal to build her social media celebrity and political brand, the first-term congresswoman is too quick to cast aspersions on her fellow lawmakers, painting them as apologists for the status quo."In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter, because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview. "In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized."She said she has gone through a "loss of innocence and naivete," realizing that it was impossible to separate the legislative work of serving in Congress with the politics of reelection campaigns."They are frankly much closer in that dynamic and much closer in overlapping than a lot of people tend to realize," she said.Ocasio-Cortez has cut back on her appearances on behalf of Justice Democrats and has begun bolstering her fellow incumbent freshmen lawmakers, like Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., a member of Democratic leadership who she will support at a fundraiser in Boulder later this week. In April, she rallied around some of her colleagues who flipped districts President Donald Trump won in 2016, encouraging her Twitter followers to donate to their campaigns. She diligently reached out to the so-called majority-makers on her committees -- the centrist freshmen who flipped Republican-leaning seats -- to win them over.Her aides, however, continued to carry the Justice Democrats flag without restraint, tweeting out their support when the group challenged incumbents, to the dismay of Democratic aides and lawmakers. A flashpoint came in July when Saikat Chakrabarti, then her chief of staff, ignited a firestorm by accusing centrist Democrats of enabling "a racist system" after they blocked an effort to defund immigration enforcement as part of an emergency border aid package. In a post on Twitter, he compared them to "new Southern Democrats," a reference to segregationists. It was a remarkable breach of protocol for an unelected aide.Jeffries used the House Democrats' official Twitter account to deliver a biting warning shot in a now-deleted tweet that singled out the chief of staff. Two weeks later, Chakrabarti announced he would leave the office entirely. Ocasio-Cortez's new chief, Ariel Eckblad, a former aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is well-versed in the workings of Capitol Hill and is widely seen as a sober-minded replacement. Corbin Trent, who had been handling communications for both Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and her congressional office, a highly unusual arrangement, has returned to the political side.The rift was an escalation of a feud that began days earlier when Maureen Dowd, The New York Times columnist, asked Pelosi about the fury from the Bronx Democrat and three other progressive freshmen over the border aid package. The speaker noted that the group had failed to persuade any other Democrats to join them in voting against the House's version of the bill."All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world," Pelosi said then. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."Ocasio-Cortez fired back by saying that it was she and progressive activists who revere her, not Pelosi, who wielded the real power in the party, and later complained that the speaker was engaging in a "singling out of newly elected women of color." Chakrabarti followed up with a tweet questioning the speaker's leadership.The break ultimately led to a private, one-on-one meeting with Pelosi in the speaker's Capitol office last month, where Ocasio-Cortez appeared ready to call a truce, telling reporters, "I think the speaker respects the fact that we're coming together as a party and a community."Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, said Ocasio-Cortez's challenge came from the fact that she leads a movement "bigger than one district and Washington."Navigating her role as a legislator and a movement-maker is basically what her career is about," Shahid said in an interview. "We'll continue to have that theory of change with one foot in D.C. and one foot in the movement. It's really hard to do that."For Ocasio-Cortez, the process continues to be bumpy. Even with Eckblad at the helm, her office still operates in some ways more like an upstart campaign on a shoestring than a congressional office. A replacement for Trent has yet to be hired, and another aide who routinely rankles rank-and-file aides and lawmakers with combative comments -- like when he claimed his fellow congressional aides were elitist "careerists" -- is still in place.And while it is not clear how many more Justice Democrats Ocasio-Cortez will endorse, she said she was still "very wedded" to the insurgent theory of change that propelled her to Congress."Change by nature takes friction," she said. "It's just a question of how we move through it."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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These days, Chandler, who recently completed a stint working at Farm Forward (tagline: “Until no animals suffer on factory farms”), is a passionate activist for reducing meat consumption and eating healthier.“I pre-gamed by getting a $4 container of broccoli rabe in Koreatown this morning,” she warned me.Here are three things I learned.First, the Impossible Whopper is delicious. “This tastes so good, I think there’s been a mistake,” I told Sarah as we dug in.Based on a Frankenstein-like fusion of soy protein and yeast (the Beyond Burger is based on pea protein), the Impossible Whopper was indistinguishable from a regular hamburger. Beyond and Impossible use clever tricks to make the burgers “bleed” like regular meat. Probably the thin patty helped, plus all the trimmings and condiments being exactly the same as regular Burger King. I was fooled. Second, in terms of global warming, the plant-substitute meats really could make a difference. Almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture, and large-scale cattle production is among the most intensive. It’s a triple hit, often involving deforestation in developing countries (such as Brazil) and pesticide use, intensive water use, and transportation in industrialized ones. It’s been estimated that a pound of beef produces the amount of carbon dioxide equal to 31 miles of driving a car.And then there are the farts. Cows’ digestive systems excrete methane (mostly through belching, actually), and methane is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. While most methane pollution actually comes from oil and gas, cattle farming is still a major contributor: a single cow releases 30-50 gallons of methane every day. The key point is that the Impossible Burger, and its chief competitor, Beyond Meat, are meant for everybody, not just environmentalists who want to save the world. That’s a crucial distinction. Even if every virtuous environmentalist stopped eating meat, that wouldn’t make a dent in global warming. There just aren’t enough do-gooders out there. (It’s been estimated that 16 percent of U.S. consumers avoid animal products for environmental reasons.)Fast food, though, is a powerful aggregator.On any given day, more than one in three Americans eats fast food. That’s 84.8 million adults. Even if only half of them are eating burgers, that’s nearly 10 million pounds of beef every single day. What’s more, most of that is industrially farmed. While small-scale cattle farming can actually be carbon negative (cows eat grass that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air), large-scale farming is fossil-fuel intensive, both in farming methods and transportation.In sum, Beyond’s own study found that a Beyond Burger generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a regular one, and Impossible’s found an 89 percent reduction. Independent assessments are more conservative, but still estimate that a plant-based burger has about half the carbon footprint of a regular burger. And with the market for meat substitutes expected to hit $2.5 billion by 2023, according to Euromonitor estimates, that’s a lot of cows, and cow emissions, saved.So, will it work?That’s the third thing I learned, and the news isn’t great.While the Impossible Whopper passed our taste test with flying colors, it fails on cost and health.First, it’s expensive. A regular Whopper costs $4.19. An Impossible Whopper theoretically costs $5.59, but at the franchise we visited, it was $6.50. There’s no data on how many customers that deters, but I can’t imagine many will be motivated to pay 50 percent more for their lunch.Of course, regular Big Macs and Whoppers are so cheap in large part because of government corn subsidies. (Cows normally eat grasses, but in the topsy-turvy world of American farm policy, corn ends up being cheaper). Every fast-food burger you eat is basically welfare. But until that changes, it’s hard to see a pricier Whopper competing seriously.Meanwhile, the health benefits of plant-based burgers are, at best, unclear.There’s no question that Impossible products are heavily processed, beginning with genetically modified soybeans and continuing with an intensive process that likely removes a lot of the nutrients along the way. Do those costs outweigh the health benefits of reducing one’s meat intake?It may depend on quantity. “What is healthy and not healthy is really complicated,” Chandler said. “Eating lots of fried things and processed things all the time is not healthy, but eating them sparingly, as a treat, is fine.”Chandler said that the comparison between a regular Whopper and an Impossible one may simply be a wash. “If I were sitting with someone, and they asked ‘how do I make one change in my life to eat healthier?’ The thing that I would want for them is for them to get into better habits about meal planning and making food from scratch.”But how many people will do that? Probably not many. The whole point of the Impossible Whopper is to get large numbers of people to make a meaningful impact on climate change without working too hard.If health won’t motivate people, what about global warming?Chandler was skeptical. “What I know from my experience as a food educator,” she said, “is that health motivates people significantly more than climate change. It’s very difficult to imagine that you’re both the perpetrator of and solution to a big problem. It’s too distant and people get overwhelmed and decide not to deal with it.”Meanwhile, those who are already committed to fighting climate change are unlikely to pop into a Burger King anytime soon. Already there’s been a backlash against corporate giants using plant-based offerings as a kind of “greenwashing.” “I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t want to give money to Burger King because they’re part of the problem,” Chandler told me.So, yes, plant-based meats could play a significant role in fighting global warming if enough people make the switch. But it’s not pure enough for ultra-environmentalists, not healthy enough for the health-conscious, and not cheap enough for the price-sensitive.All that being said, Sarah remained upbeat.“If someone eats fast food four days a week and now they’re going to have this, even just once a month, and they like it,” she said, “that’s a lot of land, that’s a lot of cows, that’s a lot of people, and I’m very happy about it.”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.


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Giant construction project takes shape in remote North Korea

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Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortage

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Three hunters mauled in grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone: 'He was in their face before they even had chance to grab a gun'

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A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to cross

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Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying Investigation

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Buttigieg jabs at Warren for her 'evasive' answer on middle-class taxes under Medicare for All

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This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.

This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.Smith Collection/Gado/GettyWhen Houston immigration activist Roland Gramajo Reyes invited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to a public meeting for people worried about being arrested due to their immigration status, he didn’t think he’d end up behind bars.He was wrong. Gramajo’s longtime advocacy on behalf of Houston’s immigrant and Latino communities, family, attorney, and allies said, make them seriously doubt that the timing of his apprehension was an accident.Now, Gramajo, 40, is caught in a tug-of-war between law enforcement agencies seeking to either deport him after 25 cumulative years in the United States, or to first incarcerate him for improper entry into the United States, a charge that could land him in prison.Handout“His bond was denied Monday by a federal judge, so he will remain in detention while his illegal reentry charges are resolved,” Raed Gonzalez, Gramajo’s attorney, told The Daily Beast. “We are trying to reopen his immigration case… Many hurdles await us, but we are trying our best.”Gramajo, a father of five and grandfather of two, was born in Retalhuleu, Guatemala in 1979, and first moved to Houston at age 15. Since then, he has made the improvement of the Guatemalan community and his adopted hometown his life’s mission.He founded the Centro Organizativo Guatemalteco, which raises funds for humanitarian causes in Guatemala, as well as the Southwest American Systems Chamber of Commerce, which helps minority children participate in sports and beauty pageants. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the city in 2017, he took weeks off work to organize community efforts in helping those affected by the storm’s flooding that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. For his work, Gramajo has received commendations from a host of state and local organizations, including the Alief Independent School District, Houston Community College, the Golden Eagle Society, and the Houston City Council.Only days before his apprehension by ICE, Gramajo had organized a “know your rights” seminar for undocumented immigrants and their families in the city—the seminar to which he had invited immigration agents to participate. That invitation, Gramajo’s defenders believe, may have unintentionally goaded ICE into looking into Gramajo’s immigration status, a charge ICE has called “baseless.”“To be abundantly clear, ICE personnel did not attend this Immigration Forum in any capacity—official or unofficial,” the agency released in a statement last week, saying that Gramajo became a target after ICE received an anonymous tip about his status. “To portray him in one-sided media reports… as a victim of some ‘covert’ law enforcement operation is an insulting affront to public safety.”“We’re not gonna be able to comment any further on the anonymous tip” that led to Gramajo’s apprehension, ICE spokesperson Tim Oberle told The Daily Beast when asked about the timing of the tip that lead to his arrest, “because it’s anonymous, obviously.”At the heart of ICE’s deportation case is Gramajo’s 1998 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of burglary of a vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Gramajo’s family told reporters in Houston that the charge was the result of a practical joke that he had played on a friend, the vehicle’s owner.After his plea, immigration authorities commenced deportation proceedings against Gramajo, culminating in his deportation to Guatemala in summer 2004. Gramajo returned months later to be with his family in Houston—including his wife and children—and has remained ever since.It’s that 2004 illegal entry for which Gramajo will stand trial. If he is found guilty, he could face a six-month prison sentence before his potential deportation.“My sons, they are texting me asking how is their father, and that’s what hurts the most,” Magaly Quicano, Gramajo’s wife, told reporters in Houston last week. “I’ve been praying, praying praying that he will win this immigration battle.”Gramajo’s defenders, who count members of Houston’s political establishment among their members, told The Daily Beast that the potential deportation of the father of five is disgraceful.“The prospect of deporting Mr. Gramajo is outrageous,” Mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen, a member of the Houston City Council, told The Daily Beast. Last year, the city council commended Gramajo as “dedicated to serving and inspiring the community,” and whose “qualities represent a true leader with an exceptional drive to improve the quality of life” throughout the city.“His so-called ‘crime’ of coming back to this country—his country—after his 2004 deportation is a result of unjust laws. If I were in his shoes, I would have tried to find a way back to my spouse and children too,” Cohen added, noting that she has called upon ICE to immediately release him. “He is an asset to Houston and there is no legitimate public safety-related reason to deport him again. If ICE’s concern is public safety, they should be focusing their limited resources on those who are bringing violence, drugs, and human trafficking in to our communities.”Houston City Council member Steve Le, who brought forth a successful proposal last year to name May 17, 2018 as “Roland Omar Gramajo Reyes Day” in the city, called Gramajo “a good person and community leader” whose presence in the city makes it a better place to live. “Our office appreciates everything he has done for the community and recognized him with a Mayoral Proclamation for his achievements,” Le told The Daily Beast. “We were surprised by his arrest and hope the court will take into account all the great contributions he has made when determining his sentencing. We look forward to a favorable outcome for his family and our community.”But after a judge denied his bond in a hearing on Monday, Gramajo will remain in federal detention until trial. Even if he wins his criminal case, his presence in the United States is far from assured—if deported, Gramajo will be barred from entering the United States for 20 years.“I don’t know what the verdict will be, but I leave everything in the hands of God and wait,” Quicano said tearfully. “No more.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'

Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'Justin Trudeau has refused to rule out the existence of more pictures of himself in blackface as he said white "privilege" had blinded him to the racism of the practice.  Three separate cases of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface have emerged in the last two days, shredding his reputation as a liberal poster boy a month before the Canadian elections. During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mr Trudeau said he "deeply regretted" the incidents, saying it was the sort of discrimination ethnic minorities "face on a regular basis". "I didn't see that from the layers of privilege that I have. And for that I am deeply sorry, and I apologise". He declined to be drawn on whether further photographs may emerge, saying "I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered." Mr Trudeau admitted he did not reveal the episodes to his Liberal Party during vetting processes when he ran for office, saying "I never talked about this. Quite frankly I was embarrassed". The Canadian leader's political turmoil began on Wednesday night, when Time magazine published a yearbook photograph of a 29-year-old Mr Trudeau wearing robes and a turban, his hands, face and neck coated with brown makeup. Then a teacher at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, Mr Trudeau was attending an Arabian nights themed gala dressed as Aladdin. In the few photos from the event, Mr Trudeau appears to be the only reveller wearing makeup. On Thursday morning, Global News released an undated, low resolution video of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface, raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue. The Liberal party confirmed it shortly afterwards. “Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019,” said opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, adding that the prime minister is “not fit to govern”. Justin Trudeau, 29, wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck Credit: Time Magazine Addressing the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Mr Trudeau admitted he also “wore makeup” while performing Day-O by Harry Belafonte at a high school talent show, taking the number of incidents to three so far. “I’m p----d off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Mr Trudeau said during his apology. The prime minister said he did not consider it racist at the time, but knows better now. Mr Trudeau dodged a question about whether he should resign, responding: “I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case-by-case basis, I think. I deeply regret that we, that I, did that, I should have known better but I didn’t.” Mr Trudeau is widely seen as a leading exponent of multiculturalism and diversity. Asked four years ago why he had nominated a gender-balanced cabinet, following his landslide election victory, Mr Trudeau famously responded: “Because it’s 2015.” BREAKING: A video — obtained exclusively by Global News — shows a third instance of Justin Trudeau in what appears to be racist makeup.cdnpolielxn43https://t.co/1WNWm9QPat— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) 19 September 2019 “This is the Trudeau brand imploding,” said Stephanie Chouinard, professor of politics at Queen’s University, of the images. Popular support for Mr Trudeau has slumped this year following accusations he pressured his former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to drop a criminal probe into engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The company, which is accused of handing out bribes worth C$47.7m to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011, employs more than 3,000 workers in Quebec, where Mr Trudeau's own electoral riding of Papineau lies. In August, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion accused the prime minister of violating Canada's ethics laws, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has reportedly been in contact with Ms Wilson-Raybould - who was expelled from the Liberal caucus in April - to discuss the matter.  Heading into the October 21 election, Mr Trudeau is currently tied with Conservative Mr Scheer in the polls. With little public support for either candidate, the Liberal party has attempted to fight the election on social issues, accusing Mr Scheer of having archaic views on abortion and same-sex marriage and digging up dirt on conservative candidates. “Trudeau has not been shy about contrasting his party’s image with that of the conservative party,” said Ms Chouinard. Against that backdrop, many Canadians will see hypocrisy in Mr Trudeau’s blackface revelations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologises for wearing brownface makeup in 2001 Credit: Reuters Jagmeet Singh, leader of the third-place NDP, called the image insulting. “It’s about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin,” tweeted Mr Singh, who himself wears a turban. West Point Grey Academy is one of several elite Vancouver private schools, catering to wealthy families in British Columbia, with annual fees of C$23,490. Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of ⁦@JustinTrudeau⁩ in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019 Profile | Justin Trudeau The gala Mr Trudeau attended – which also featured belly dancing, according to a 2001 school newsletter in 2001 – raised approximately $160,000 for the academy. Earlier this year across Canada’s southern border, Virginia governor Ralph Northam refused to resign after admitting he had worn blackface, following the release of a yearbook photo. The Liberal Party did not respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.


State sending troopers to help fight St. Louis crime

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'We think we missed the mark': Amazon tells workers they can stay in their jobs, after announcing their roles would be eliminated (AMZN)

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Why Trump had a wad of cash in his back pocket

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Death of troubled officer whose gun wasn't taken away marks record number of suicides in NYPD

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South Korea police say they may have found serial killer

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Iran and U.S. Navy SEALs Are Ready to Battle in the Persian Gulf

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Single 25-year-old mother of 3 diagnosed with terminal cancer: 'I'm scared of leaving them behind'

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Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military

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CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit Interview

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Dozens of people charged for illegally distributing millions of opioid pills

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Guatemala joins ranks of cocaine producers as plantations and labs emerge

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How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's RulesWASHINGTON -- Less than two weeks after being sworn in last year, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young progressive star fresh off an upset of one of the top Democratic leaders in the House, put her fellow Democrats on notice that she would soon be coming for them, too.Appearing in a promotional video for Justice Democrats, the insurgent liberal group dedicated to unseating entrenched Democratic lawmakers that helped sweep Ocasio-Cortez to power, the Bronx firebrand urged her supporters to recruit candidates to run against her new colleagues. She was flanked by the group's three co-founders, two of whom had just taken top jobs in her office. There were even whispers that she might try to oust Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., a rising star regarded by many Democrats as a future speaker of the House.But after nearly nine months, with her eyes now wide open to the downsides of her revolutionary reputation and social media fame, Ocasio-Cortez has tempered her brash, institution-be-damned style with something different: a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained."I think I have more of a context of what it takes to do this job and survive on a day-to-day basis in a culture that is inherently hostile to people like me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.Gone from her Washington office are her original chief of staff and her communications director, two Justice Democrats co-founders who were intent on waging their divisive brand of politics from their offices on Capitol Hill. No longer an unabashed ambassador of the combative group, Ocasio-Cortez has carefully managed her involvement with it.And she never did go after Jeffries, now chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the same position held by former Rep. Joseph Crowley last year when Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on ousting him. Instead, on Tuesday she announced that her first endorsement of a primary challenger to an incumbent Democrat would be Marie Newman, who is making a second run at ousting Rep. Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, a conservative-leaning Democrat who is regarded by many of his colleagues as something of an outlier because of his opposition to abortion rights and his vote against the Affordable Care Act. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democrat to break with Lipinski and support Newman, nor is she the first.Deciding on the endorsement, she said, was in part a product of having learned to balance her twin roles as a dissident and a member of Congress."It's not just about being an activist," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It forces you to grow. So it doesn't mean you don't endorse activists, but it also requires an assessment for a capacity of growth and how you navigate a space like this."When she first arrived on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez and her team made it clear they planned to use their perch inside Congress as a platform for their divisive, outsider brand of politics. On her first day of orientation, Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters camped outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office agitating for the Green New Deal."It could have made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee," she joked later that week on a Justice Democrats conference call promoting the organization's candidate recruitment campaign. "They still might."Ocasio-Cortez may have meant it as an offhand quip, but her comment underscored a reality on Capitol Hill that she and her team were slow to fully appreciate: the extent to which power and the ability to get things done in the House were dependent on personal relationships and respect for the hierarchy. The first-term congresswoman enjoys rich public support outside the halls of Congress, particularly on social media platforms where progressive activism thrives. But the approach that she and her cohorts champion -- pulling the institution to the left in part by threatening the careers of any Democrat who fails to embrace their ideas -- quickly alienated many of her colleagues, and has made it difficult for her to get anything done.And in private conversations, many of Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic colleagues routinely complain that in her zeal to build her social media celebrity and political brand, the first-term congresswoman is too quick to cast aspersions on her fellow lawmakers, painting them as apologists for the status quo."In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter, because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview. "In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized."She said she has gone through a "loss of innocence and naivete," realizing that it was impossible to separate the legislative work of serving in Congress with the politics of reelection campaigns."They are frankly much closer in that dynamic and much closer in overlapping than a lot of people tend to realize," she said.Ocasio-Cortez has cut back on her appearances on behalf of Justice Democrats and has begun bolstering her fellow incumbent freshmen lawmakers, like Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., a member of Democratic leadership who she will support at a fundraiser in Boulder later this week. In April, she rallied around some of her colleagues who flipped districts President Donald Trump won in 2016, encouraging her Twitter followers to donate to their campaigns. She diligently reached out to the so-called majority-makers on her committees -- the centrist freshmen who flipped Republican-leaning seats -- to win them over.Her aides, however, continued to carry the Justice Democrats flag without restraint, tweeting out their support when the group challenged incumbents, to the dismay of Democratic aides and lawmakers. A flashpoint came in July when Saikat Chakrabarti, then her chief of staff, ignited a firestorm by accusing centrist Democrats of enabling "a racist system" after they blocked an effort to defund immigration enforcement as part of an emergency border aid package. In a post on Twitter, he compared them to "new Southern Democrats," a reference to segregationists. It was a remarkable breach of protocol for an unelected aide.Jeffries used the House Democrats' official Twitter account to deliver a biting warning shot in a now-deleted tweet that singled out the chief of staff. Two weeks later, Chakrabarti announced he would leave the office entirely. Ocasio-Cortez's new chief, Ariel Eckblad, a former aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is well-versed in the workings of Capitol Hill and is widely seen as a sober-minded replacement. Corbin Trent, who had been handling communications for both Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and her congressional office, a highly unusual arrangement, has returned to the political side.The rift was an escalation of a feud that began days earlier when Maureen Dowd, The New York Times columnist, asked Pelosi about the fury from the Bronx Democrat and three other progressive freshmen over the border aid package. The speaker noted that the group had failed to persuade any other Democrats to join them in voting against the House's version of the bill."All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world," Pelosi said then. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."Ocasio-Cortez fired back by saying that it was she and progressive activists who revere her, not Pelosi, who wielded the real power in the party, and later complained that the speaker was engaging in a "singling out of newly elected women of color." Chakrabarti followed up with a tweet questioning the speaker's leadership.The break ultimately led to a private, one-on-one meeting with Pelosi in the speaker's Capitol office last month, where Ocasio-Cortez appeared ready to call a truce, telling reporters, "I think the speaker respects the fact that we're coming together as a party and a community."Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, said Ocasio-Cortez's challenge came from the fact that she leads a movement "bigger than one district and Washington."Navigating her role as a legislator and a movement-maker is basically what her career is about," Shahid said in an interview. "We'll continue to have that theory of change with one foot in D.C. and one foot in the movement. It's really hard to do that."For Ocasio-Cortez, the process continues to be bumpy. Even with Eckblad at the helm, her office still operates in some ways more like an upstart campaign on a shoestring than a congressional office. A replacement for Trent has yet to be hired, and another aide who routinely rankles rank-and-file aides and lawmakers with combative comments -- like when he claimed his fellow congressional aides were elitist "careerists" -- is still in place.And while it is not clear how many more Justice Democrats Ocasio-Cortez will endorse, she said she was still "very wedded" to the insurgent theory of change that propelled her to Congress."Change by nature takes friction," she said. "It's just a question of how we move through it."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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Trump: San Francisco to get environmental violation for homelessness

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Here's Why Russia Has Detained 161 North Korean Sailors

Here's Why Russia Has Detained 161 North Korean SailorsIs a crisis brewing over illegal fishing?


Taiwan says China lures Kiribati with airplanes after losing another ally

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Giuliani Admits He Asked Ukraine About Biden Seconds After Denying He Did in Insane CNN Interview

Giuliani Admits He Asked Ukraine About Biden Seconds After Denying He Did in Insane CNN InterviewShortly after numerous outlets reported on Thursday night that the intelligence community’s whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump involves Ukraine, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani showed up on CNN for a largely incomprehensible interview that featured the former New York City mayor repeatedly contradicting himself while he tossed out personal insults at anchor Chris Cuomo.Giuliani, who has long been lobbying Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 elections, immediately began arguing with Cuomo over the merits of a Ukrainian investigation into Biden and his son Hunter. (Back in May, Ukraine’s prosecutor general said there was no evidence that Biden or his son broke the law.)After the CNN host noted that Giuliani was obviously doing this for political purposes to serve his client—Democratic lawmakers are currently probing Giuliani’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Biden—Giuliani flip-flopped on his position within 30 seconds.“You’re saying that’s what Biden said to the Ukraine,” Cuomo responded to Giuliani’s claim that then-Vice President Biden bribed the Ukrainian president to squash an investigation into Hunter. “Did you ask the Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden?”“No, actually I didn’t,” Giuliani answered. “I asked Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the election of 2016 by the Ukrainians for the benefit of Hillary Clinton.”“You never asked anything about Hunter Biden, you never asked anything about Joe Biden to the prosecutor?” Cuomo asked, prompting Giuliani to assert that he had only asked why the case into Hunter’s company was dismissed.“So you did ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden,” Cuomo shot back.“Of course I did,” Giuliani exclaimed, causing a befuddled Cuomo to shout: “You just said you didn’t!”The rest of the 30-minute marathon went pretty much down this road. Giuliani, performing for an audience of one, used much of his time to take pointed personal shots at Cuomo, calling him a “sellout” while constantly evading the anchor’s questions.Despite repeatedly telling Giuliani they were getting nowhere in the segment and expressing his frustration over the former mayor’s tactics, Cuomo allowed the interview to go on and on and on. Even when they were supposedly wrapping it up, the two continued to go at each other for what seemed an eternity.“You are not fair and impartial,” Giuliani seethed after telling Cuomo he’d never give him documents that prove his allegations against Biden because the CNN host is “the enemy.”“You are totally biased and your network is a creature of a Democratic National Committee,” Giuliani added.“I’m embarrassed,” Cuomo responded. “I’m embarrassed for you. Have a good night.”Shortly after his battle with Cuomo and another (much friendlier) interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, Giuliani took to Twitter to essentially admit that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden.“A President telling a Pres-elect of a well known corrupt country he better investigate corruption that affects US is doing his job,” he tweeted. “Maybe if Obama did that the Biden Family wouldn’t have bilked millions from Ukraine and billions from China; being covered up by a Corrupt Media.”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.


Earth to 2020 Democrats. The Syrian civil war was not caused by climate change.

Earth to 2020 Democrats. The Syrian civil war was not caused by climate change.This is a sad excuse for real discussion on climate change and international conflict, two very separate issues.


Officer who guarded El Chapo's wife arrested in drug sting

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Russia detains shaman on mission to 'banish Putin'

Russia detains shaman on mission to 'banish Putin'Russian police on Thursday said they had detained a Siberian shaman trekking towards Moscow on a mission to expel "demon" President Vladimir Putin, picking up a crowd of supporters on the way. Police in the eastern Siberian region of Buryatia told Interfax they had detained Alexander Gabyshev, the shaman, on a highway near Lake Baikal and would put him on a flight back to his home region where he is "wanted for committing a crime". Gabyshev's eccentric bid to walk from his home city of Yakutsk to Moscow, a distance of over 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles), has seen a group of followers join him on the way.


House Hearing Devolves into Shouting Match as Sharpton Questioned about Past Statements

House Hearing Devolves into Shouting Match as Sharpton Questioned about Past StatementsSparks flew at a House Judiciary Committee on policing last Thursday as Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Flo.) questioned witness Al Sharpton regarding derogatory comments he allegedly made about Jews, whites and African Americans.Gaetz posted a shortened version of the exchange on YouTube, which nevertheless runs to almost a quarter of an hour. Gaetz, like Sharpton, is known for his combative style.Reading from a Congressional resolution introduced in 2000 by then-congressman Joe Scarborough, Gaetz asked Sharpton, “Have you ever referred to members of the Jewish faith as ‘white interlopers’ or ‘diamond merchants?'”Sharpton, who now appears regularly on Scarborough's MSNBC program Morning Joe, replied that he had referred to one person in Harlem as an "interloper," but that he didn't know the person was Jewish at the time.At one point Gaetz asked Sharpton whether he made the statement, "We [Africans] taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."After Gaetz pressed him on whether or not he made this and other bigoted statements, Sharpton responded "I think that any statement I've made that was wrong…I have clearly said that we should not make bigoted statements, including me."Gaetz then jumped at Sharpton's possible admission, asking repeatedly "Have you made bigoted statements?" before the hearing descended into chaos.Sharpton meets frequently with prominent Democratic politicians as part of his work running the progressive political advocacy group National Action Network. Gaetz


View Every Angle of the 2020 Zero SR/F Electric Motorcycle

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AOC on DC statehood: 'Disenfranchisement' of DC rooted in the 'history of slavery'

AOC on DC statehood: 'Disenfranchisement' of DC rooted in the 'history of slavery'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cited the disenfranchisement of the majority-minority city as "upholding the injustice of the practices enacted during slavery."


Area 51: Ultimate Proving Ground For America's Top Secret Spy Planes?

Area 51: Ultimate Proving Ground For America's Top Secret Spy Planes?Though the CIA only obliquely admitted to the site’s existence in 2013, we actually know a fair bit about how Area 51 came to be—and even how it first became a subject of juicy UFO stories.


U.S. to return about $100 million to the Treasury for an Afghanistan project due to a lack of transparency

U.S. to return about $100 million to the Treasury for an Afghanistan project due to a lack of transparencySecretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States would return about $100 million to the Treasury for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and would withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance to the country due to a lack of transparency.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to attend same wedding as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (report)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to attend same wedding as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (report)When Misha Nonoo married Michael Hess in Rome this weekend, the royals may have a run-in with the Trumps.


Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?

Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?Drew Angerer/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.This month I stepped inside a Burger King for the first time in three years. I wanted to try out the new, plant-based “Impossible Whopper,” and learn from an expert—a vegan, no less—about its supposed potential to save the planet, your health, and the lives of lots of cows. Short answers: truth, fiction, and truth.“The first time I had a hamburger it was from Burger King,” said Sarah Chandler, a longtime friend, activist, and food educator, as we devoured our Whoppers in downtown Brooklyn. “And it was, for sure, my favorite hamburger.”But that was a long time ago. These days, Chandler, who recently completed a stint working at Farm Forward (tagline: “Until no animals suffer on factory farms”), is a passionate activist for reducing meat consumption and eating healthier.“I pre-gamed by getting a $4 container of broccoli rabe in Koreatown this morning,” she warned me.Here are three things I learned.First, the Impossible Whopper is delicious. “This tastes so good, I think there’s been a mistake,” I told Sarah as we dug in.Based on a Frankenstein-like fusion of soy protein and yeast (the Beyond Burger is based on pea protein), the Impossible Whopper was indistinguishable from a regular hamburger. Beyond and Impossible use clever tricks to make the burgers “bleed” like regular meat. Probably the thin patty helped, plus all the trimmings and condiments being exactly the same as regular Burger King. I was fooled. Second, in terms of global warming, the plant-substitute meats really could make a difference. Almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture, and large-scale cattle production is among the most intensive. It’s a triple hit, often involving deforestation in developing countries (such as Brazil) and pesticide use, intensive water use, and transportation in industrialized ones. It’s been estimated that a pound of beef produces the amount of carbon dioxide equal to 31 miles of driving a car.And then there are the farts. Cows’ digestive systems excrete methane (mostly through belching, actually), and methane is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. While most methane pollution actually comes from oil and gas, cattle farming is still a major contributor: a single cow releases 30-50 gallons of methane every day. The key point is that the Impossible Burger, and its chief competitor, Beyond Meat, are meant for everybody, not just environmentalists who want to save the world. That’s a crucial distinction. Even if every virtuous environmentalist stopped eating meat, that wouldn’t make a dent in global warming. There just aren’t enough do-gooders out there. (It’s been estimated that 16 percent of U.S. consumers avoid animal products for environmental reasons.)Fast food, though, is a powerful aggregator.On any given day, more than one in three Americans eats fast food. That’s 84.8 million adults. Even if only half of them are eating burgers, that’s nearly 10 million pounds of beef every single day. What’s more, most of that is industrially farmed. While small-scale cattle farming can actually be carbon negative (cows eat grass that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air), large-scale farming is fossil-fuel intensive, both in farming methods and transportation.In sum, Beyond’s own study found that a Beyond Burger generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a regular one, and Impossible’s found an 89 percent reduction. Independent assessments are more conservative, but still estimate that a plant-based burger has about half the carbon footprint of a regular burger. And with the market for meat substitutes expected to hit $2.5 billion by 2023, according to Euromonitor estimates, that’s a lot of cows, and cow emissions, saved.So, will it work?That’s the third thing I learned, and the news isn’t great.While the Impossible Whopper passed our taste test with flying colors, it fails on cost and health.First, it’s expensive. A regular Whopper costs $4.19. An Impossible Whopper theoretically costs $5.59, but at the franchise we visited, it was $6.50. There’s no data on how many customers that deters, but I can’t imagine many will be motivated to pay 50 percent more for their lunch.Of course, regular Big Macs and Whoppers are so cheap in large part because of government corn subsidies. (Cows normally eat grasses, but in the topsy-turvy world of American farm policy, corn ends up being cheaper). Every fast-food burger you eat is basically welfare. But until that changes, it’s hard to see a pricier Whopper competing seriously.Meanwhile, the health benefits of plant-based burgers are, at best, unclear.There’s no question that Impossible products are heavily processed, beginning with genetically modified soybeans and continuing with an intensive process that likely removes a lot of the nutrients along the way. Do those costs outweigh the health benefits of reducing one’s meat intake?It may depend on quantity. “What is healthy and not healthy is really complicated,” Chandler said. “Eating lots of fried things and processed things all the time is not healthy, but eating them sparingly, as a treat, is fine.”Chandler said that the comparison between a regular Whopper and an Impossible one may simply be a wash. “If I were sitting with someone, and they asked ‘how do I make one change in my life to eat healthier?’ The thing that I would want for them is for them to get into better habits about meal planning and making food from scratch.”But how many people will do that? Probably not many. The whole point of the Impossible Whopper is to get large numbers of people to make a meaningful impact on climate change without working too hard.If health won’t motivate people, what about global warming?Chandler was skeptical. “What I know from my experience as a food educator,” she said, “is that health motivates people significantly more than climate change. It’s very difficult to imagine that you’re both the perpetrator of and solution to a big problem. It’s too distant and people get overwhelmed and decide not to deal with it.”Meanwhile, those who are already committed to fighting climate change are unlikely to pop into a Burger King anytime soon. Already there’s been a backlash against corporate giants using plant-based offerings as a kind of “greenwashing.” “I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t want to give money to Burger King because they’re part of the problem,” Chandler told me.So, yes, plant-based meats could play a significant role in fighting global warming if enough people make the switch. But it’s not pure enough for ultra-environmentalists, not healthy enough for the health-conscious, and not cheap enough for the price-sensitive.All that being said, Sarah remained upbeat.“If someone eats fast food four days a week and now they’re going to have this, even just once a month, and they like it,” she said, “that’s a lot of land, that’s a lot of cows, that’s a lot of people, and I’m very happy about it.”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.


From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousin

From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousinScientists say they've deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female member of the Denisovans, a population known mostly from small bone fragments and teeth recovered in Siberia's Denisova Cave. Denisovans may have occupied that cave from more than 200,000 years ago to around 50,000 years ago.


Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacks

Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacksThe dramatic weekend assault on two Saudi oil facilities saw one of the targets struck four times sparking fires that took five hours to extinguish, the national oil company said Friday. At the Khurais plant in eastern Saudi Arabia, a charred web of pipes and supports was flanked by cranes as staff assessed the extensive damage to an oil stabiliser apparatus. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks, which have been claimed by Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels, condemning them as an "act of war" which knocked out half the kingdom's oil production.


FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage

FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage(Bloomberg) -- A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and the company is working with relevant authorities to understand the facts better, Memphis-based FedEx said in an email. Geng Shuang, spokesman at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a briefing Friday that he was detained after being found with 681 air-gun pellets in his luggage.While FedEx didn’t provide details, a Wall Street Journal report earlier cited people familiar with the matter as saying Chinese authorities have started a criminal probe on the former U.S. Air Force colonel for allegedly carrying ammunition illegally. China notified the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou about the matter and the case is still under investigation, Geng said.FedEx has been under particular scrutiny in recent months, after Huawei Technologies Co. said documents it asked to be shipped from Japan to China were diverted to the U.S. instead without authorization. In another incident, FedEx said it mistakenly rejected a package containing a Huawei phone being sent to the U.S. from the U.K., a claim China rebuffed.Separately, police in China’s Fujian province started an investigation into a package containing a gun delivered by FedEx to a company in China, state media reported in August. Chinese authorities also began probing FedEx on suspicion of illegally handling a package sent to Hong Kong containing knives, Xinhua News Agency reported in early September.The fracas over the Huawei packages has seen FedEx targeted in Chinese state media, with Beijing considering adding the company to a list of so-called unreliable entities it is drafting, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in June.China Mulls FedEx Blacklisting After Huawei Delivery ErrorsAfter the U.S. slapped curbs on Huawei, China’s Commerce Ministry announced the creation of the list in late May to target firms that the government says damage the interests of domestic companies.(Updates with foreign ministry comment in second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Thomas Black, Feifei Shen and April Ma.To contact the reporter on this story: Young-Sam Cho in Hong Kong at ycho2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net, Emma O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next week

Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next weekLorena and Mario are seen swirling near Mexico early Friday morning. (Image/CIRRA RAMMB) Tropical moisture is expected to converge on the southwestern United States early next week. Despite an ongoing drought, the heavy rain could bring a heightened risk of flash flooding and mudslides."There is the potential for heavy rain across the Southwest, especially Arizona, from Sunday night through Tuesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and western U.S. blogger Brian Thompson said.A non-tropical storm associated with a large dip in the jet stream is expected to drop southward across the West during this time frame.Ahead of this storm, moisture will be drawn northward from the tropics. Some of this moisture will be associated with Lorena and perhaps Mario, should the two tropical systems merge together.If the two storms come together, they would combine to bring a significant rain event for portions of the Southwest, according to Thompson.This type of the setup has the potential to produce more than a month's worth of rain in a few hours. Phoenix typically receives 0.64 of an inch of rain during September, while Flagstaff, Arizona, averages over 2 inches."Any non-excessive rain that were to fall on the region would be welcomed," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Drought conditions have grown considerably across the Southwest over the past few months due to a lack-luster monsoon season. While Arizona was free of drought during the middle of June, over 85 percent of the state is enduring moderate to severe drought, according to the latest outlook by the U.S. Drought Monitor.AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned, however, that this event will produce too much rain in a short amount of time."Enough rain may fall to trigger flash flooding and debris flows, due to the arid terrain in the region," Sosnowski said.Dry stream beds, known as arroyos, which have been dry over the past few months may suddenly fill with rushing water.People with normal commutes or long-term travel plans across the region early next week should be mindful of the threat for flash flooding and be on the lookout for flooded and closed roads. Remember to turn around and find a safer, alternate route when floodwaters are encountered."While Arizona has the best chances of getting significant rain, portions of southeastern California and New Mexico could also get in on the rain," Thompson said.The rainfall should assist fire crews battling ongoing blazes across the region and put a temporary end to the risk of new wildfire ignition.However, on the northwestern side of the storm, building warmth and dry, gusty winds will create heightened wildfire dangers across Northern California early next week.Even coastal communities will experience the warmth, with the San Francisco Bay Area expected to hit the 80s F during Tuesday and Wednesday of next week."With these warm, dry conditions, any wind that kicks up with it will increase the fire danger," Thompson said. "We're now heading into prime wildfire season across California, so staying on guard is important."


Trump administration rejects California request for homeless funds

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How Iran Would Unleash an 'All Out War': Lots of Missiles

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6 things to know about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg

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A damning new report on the 737 Max blames 'inexperienced pilots' and the low-cost airlines that employ them — not Boeing

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See Photos of the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i

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Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

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Giant construction project takes shape in remote North Korea

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Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortage

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Three hunters mauled in grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone: 'He was in their face before they even had chance to grab a gun'

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A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to cross

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Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying Investigation

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Buttigieg jabs at Warren for her 'evasive' answer on middle-class taxes under Medicare for All

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This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.

This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.Smith Collection/Gado/GettyWhen Houston immigration activist Roland Gramajo Reyes invited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to a public meeting for people worried about being arrested due to their immigration status, he didn’t think he’d end up behind bars.He was wrong. Gramajo’s longtime advocacy on behalf of Houston’s immigrant and Latino communities, family, attorney, and allies said, make them seriously doubt that the timing of his apprehension was an accident.Now, Gramajo, 40, is caught in a tug-of-war between law enforcement agencies seeking to either deport him after 25 cumulative years in the United States, or to first incarcerate him for improper entry into the United States, a charge that could land him in prison.Handout“His bond was denied Monday by a federal judge, so he will remain in detention while his illegal reentry charges are resolved,” Raed Gonzalez, Gramajo’s attorney, told The Daily Beast. “We are trying to reopen his immigration case… Many hurdles await us, but we are trying our best.”Gramajo, a father of five and grandfather of two, was born in Retalhuleu, Guatemala in 1979, and first moved to Houston at age 15. Since then, he has made the improvement of the Guatemalan community and his adopted hometown his life’s mission.He founded the Centro Organizativo Guatemalteco, which raises funds for humanitarian causes in Guatemala, as well as the Southwest American Systems Chamber of Commerce, which helps minority children participate in sports and beauty pageants. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the city in 2017, he took weeks off work to organize community efforts in helping those affected by the storm’s flooding that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. For his work, Gramajo has received commendations from a host of state and local organizations, including the Alief Independent School District, Houston Community College, the Golden Eagle Society, and the Houston City Council.Only days before his apprehension by ICE, Gramajo had organized a “know your rights” seminar for undocumented immigrants and their families in the city—the seminar to which he had invited immigration agents to participate. That invitation, Gramajo’s defenders believe, may have unintentionally goaded ICE into looking into Gramajo’s immigration status, a charge ICE has called “baseless.”“To be abundantly clear, ICE personnel did not attend this Immigration Forum in any capacity—official or unofficial,” the agency released in a statement last week, saying that Gramajo became a target after ICE received an anonymous tip about his status. “To portray him in one-sided media reports… as a victim of some ‘covert’ law enforcement operation is an insulting affront to public safety.”“We’re not gonna be able to comment any further on the anonymous tip” that led to Gramajo’s apprehension, ICE spokesperson Tim Oberle told The Daily Beast when asked about the timing of the tip that lead to his arrest, “because it’s anonymous, obviously.”At the heart of ICE’s deportation case is Gramajo’s 1998 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of burglary of a vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Gramajo’s family told reporters in Houston that the charge was the result of a practical joke that he had played on a friend, the vehicle’s owner.After his plea, immigration authorities commenced deportation proceedings against Gramajo, culminating in his deportation to Guatemala in summer 2004. Gramajo returned months later to be with his family in Houston—including his wife and children—and has remained ever since.It’s that 2004 illegal entry for which Gramajo will stand trial. If he is found guilty, he could face a six-month prison sentence before his potential deportation.“My sons, they are texting me asking how is their father, and that’s what hurts the most,” Magaly Quicano, Gramajo’s wife, told reporters in Houston last week. “I’ve been praying, praying praying that he will win this immigration battle.”Gramajo’s defenders, who count members of Houston’s political establishment among their members, told The Daily Beast that the potential deportation of the father of five is disgraceful.“The prospect of deporting Mr. Gramajo is outrageous,” Mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen, a member of the Houston City Council, told The Daily Beast. Last year, the city council commended Gramajo as “dedicated to serving and inspiring the community,” and whose “qualities represent a true leader with an exceptional drive to improve the quality of life” throughout the city.“His so-called ‘crime’ of coming back to this country—his country—after his 2004 deportation is a result of unjust laws. If I were in his shoes, I would have tried to find a way back to my spouse and children too,” Cohen added, noting that she has called upon ICE to immediately release him. “He is an asset to Houston and there is no legitimate public safety-related reason to deport him again. If ICE’s concern is public safety, they should be focusing their limited resources on those who are bringing violence, drugs, and human trafficking in to our communities.”Houston City Council member Steve Le, who brought forth a successful proposal last year to name May 17, 2018 as “Roland Omar Gramajo Reyes Day” in the city, called Gramajo “a good person and community leader” whose presence in the city makes it a better place to live. “Our office appreciates everything he has done for the community and recognized him with a Mayoral Proclamation for his achievements,” Le told The Daily Beast. “We were surprised by his arrest and hope the court will take into account all the great contributions he has made when determining his sentencing. We look forward to a favorable outcome for his family and our community.”But after a judge denied his bond in a hearing on Monday, Gramajo will remain in federal detention until trial. Even if he wins his criminal case, his presence in the United States is far from assured—if deported, Gramajo will be barred from entering the United States for 20 years.“I don’t know what the verdict will be, but I leave everything in the hands of God and wait,” Quicano said tearfully. “No more.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'

Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'Justin Trudeau has refused to rule out the existence of more pictures of himself in blackface as he said white "privilege" had blinded him to the racism of the practice.  Three separate cases of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface have emerged in the last two days, shredding his reputation as a liberal poster boy a month before the Canadian elections. During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mr Trudeau said he "deeply regretted" the incidents, saying it was the sort of discrimination ethnic minorities "face on a regular basis". "I didn't see that from the layers of privilege that I have. And for that I am deeply sorry, and I apologise". He declined to be drawn on whether further photographs may emerge, saying "I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered." Mr Trudeau admitted he did not reveal the episodes to his Liberal Party during vetting processes when he ran for office, saying "I never talked about this. Quite frankly I was embarrassed". The Canadian leader's political turmoil began on Wednesday night, when Time magazine published a yearbook photograph of a 29-year-old Mr Trudeau wearing robes and a turban, his hands, face and neck coated with brown makeup. Then a teacher at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, Mr Trudeau was attending an Arabian nights themed gala dressed as Aladdin. In the few photos from the event, Mr Trudeau appears to be the only reveller wearing makeup. On Thursday morning, Global News released an undated, low resolution video of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface, raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue. The Liberal party confirmed it shortly afterwards. “Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019,” said opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, adding that the prime minister is “not fit to govern”. Justin Trudeau, 29, wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck Credit: Time Magazine Addressing the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Mr Trudeau admitted he also “wore makeup” while performing Day-O by Harry Belafonte at a high school talent show, taking the number of incidents to three so far. “I’m p----d off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Mr Trudeau said during his apology. The prime minister said he did not consider it racist at the time, but knows better now. Mr Trudeau dodged a question about whether he should resign, responding: “I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case-by-case basis, I think. I deeply regret that we, that I, did that, I should have known better but I didn’t.” Mr Trudeau is widely seen as a leading exponent of multiculturalism and diversity. Asked four years ago why he had nominated a gender-balanced cabinet, following his landslide election victory, Mr Trudeau famously responded: “Because it’s 2015.” BREAKING: A video — obtained exclusively by Global News — shows a third instance of Justin Trudeau in what appears to be racist makeup.cdnpolielxn43https://t.co/1WNWm9QPat— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) 19 September 2019 “This is the Trudeau brand imploding,” said Stephanie Chouinard, professor of politics at Queen’s University, of the images. Popular support for Mr Trudeau has slumped this year following accusations he pressured his former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to drop a criminal probe into engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The company, which is accused of handing out bribes worth C$47.7m to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011, employs more than 3,000 workers in Quebec, where Mr Trudeau's own electoral riding of Papineau lies. In August, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion accused the prime minister of violating Canada's ethics laws, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has reportedly been in contact with Ms Wilson-Raybould - who was expelled from the Liberal caucus in April - to discuss the matter.  Heading into the October 21 election, Mr Trudeau is currently tied with Conservative Mr Scheer in the polls. With little public support for either candidate, the Liberal party has attempted to fight the election on social issues, accusing Mr Scheer of having archaic views on abortion and same-sex marriage and digging up dirt on conservative candidates. “Trudeau has not been shy about contrasting his party’s image with that of the conservative party,” said Ms Chouinard. Against that backdrop, many Canadians will see hypocrisy in Mr Trudeau’s blackface revelations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologises for wearing brownface makeup in 2001 Credit: Reuters Jagmeet Singh, leader of the third-place NDP, called the image insulting. “It’s about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin,” tweeted Mr Singh, who himself wears a turban. West Point Grey Academy is one of several elite Vancouver private schools, catering to wealthy families in British Columbia, with annual fees of C$23,490. Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of ⁦@JustinTrudeau⁩ in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019 Profile | Justin Trudeau The gala Mr Trudeau attended – which also featured belly dancing, according to a 2001 school newsletter in 2001 – raised approximately $160,000 for the academy. Earlier this year across Canada’s southern border, Virginia governor Ralph Northam refused to resign after admitting he had worn blackface, following the release of a yearbook photo. The Liberal Party did not respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.


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How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Learned to Play by Washington's Rules

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Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., a rising star regarded by many Democrats as a future speaker of the House.But after nearly nine months, with her eyes now wide open to the downsides of her revolutionary reputation and social media fame, Ocasio-Cortez has tempered her brash, institution-be-damned style with something different: a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained."I think I have more of a context of what it takes to do this job and survive on a day-to-day basis in a culture that is inherently hostile to people like me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.Gone from her Washington office are her original chief of staff and her communications director, two Justice Democrats co-founders who were intent on waging their divisive brand of politics from their offices on Capitol Hill. No longer an unabashed ambassador of the combative group, Ocasio-Cortez has carefully managed her involvement with it.And she never did go after Jeffries, now chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the same position held by former Rep. Joseph Crowley last year when Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on ousting him. Instead, on Tuesday she announced that her first endorsement of a primary challenger to an incumbent Democrat would be Marie Newman, who is making a second run at ousting Rep. Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, a conservative-leaning Democrat who is regarded by many of his colleagues as something of an outlier because of his opposition to abortion rights and his vote against the Affordable Care Act. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democrat to break with Lipinski and support Newman, nor is she the first.Deciding on the endorsement, she said, was in part a product of having learned to balance her twin roles as a dissident and a member of Congress."It's not just about being an activist," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It forces you to grow. So it doesn't mean you don't endorse activists, but it also requires an assessment for a capacity of growth and how you navigate a space like this."When she first arrived on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez and her team made it clear they planned to use their perch inside Congress as a platform for their divisive, outsider brand of politics. On her first day of orientation, Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters camped outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office agitating for the Green New Deal."It could have made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee," she joked later that week on a Justice Democrats conference call promoting the organization's candidate recruitment campaign. "They still might."Ocasio-Cortez may have meant it as an offhand quip, but her comment underscored a reality on Capitol Hill that she and her team were slow to fully appreciate: the extent to which power and the ability to get things done in the House were dependent on personal relationships and respect for the hierarchy. The first-term congresswoman enjoys rich public support outside the halls of Congress, particularly on social media platforms where progressive activism thrives. But the approach that she and her cohorts champion -- pulling the institution to the left in part by threatening the careers of any Democrat who fails to embrace their ideas -- quickly alienated many of her colleagues, and has made it difficult for her to get anything done.And in private conversations, many of Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic colleagues routinely complain that in her zeal to build her social media celebrity and political brand, the first-term congresswoman is too quick to cast aspersions on her fellow lawmakers, painting them as apologists for the status quo."In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter, because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview. "In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized."She said she has gone through a "loss of innocence and naivete," realizing that it was impossible to separate the legislative work of serving in Congress with the politics of reelection campaigns."They are frankly much closer in that dynamic and much closer in overlapping than a lot of people tend to realize," she said.Ocasio-Cortez has cut back on her appearances on behalf of Justice Democrats and has begun bolstering her fellow incumbent freshmen lawmakers, like Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., a member of Democratic leadership who she will support at a fundraiser in Boulder later this week. In April, she rallied around some of her colleagues who flipped districts President Donald Trump won in 2016, encouraging her Twitter followers to donate to their campaigns. She diligently reached out to the so-called majority-makers on her committees -- the centrist freshmen who flipped Republican-leaning seats -- to win them over.Her aides, however, continued to carry the Justice Democrats flag without restraint, tweeting out their support when the group challenged incumbents, to the dismay of Democratic aides and lawmakers. A flashpoint came in July when Saikat Chakrabarti, then her chief of staff, ignited a firestorm by accusing centrist Democrats of enabling "a racist system" after they blocked an effort to defund immigration enforcement as part of an emergency border aid package. In a post on Twitter, he compared them to "new Southern Democrats," a reference to segregationists. It was a remarkable breach of protocol for an unelected aide.Jeffries used the House Democrats' official Twitter account to deliver a biting warning shot in a now-deleted tweet that singled out the chief of staff. Two weeks later, Chakrabarti announced he would leave the office entirely. Ocasio-Cortez's new chief, Ariel Eckblad, a former aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is well-versed in the workings of Capitol Hill and is widely seen as a sober-minded replacement. Corbin Trent, who had been handling communications for both Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and her congressional office, a highly unusual arrangement, has returned to the political side.The rift was an escalation of a feud that began days earlier when Maureen Dowd, The New York Times columnist, asked Pelosi about the fury from the Bronx Democrat and three other progressive freshmen over the border aid package. The speaker noted that the group had failed to persuade any other Democrats to join them in voting against the House's version of the bill."All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world," Pelosi said then. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."Ocasio-Cortez fired back by saying that it was she and progressive activists who revere her, not Pelosi, who wielded the real power in the party, and later complained that the speaker was engaging in a "singling out of newly elected women of color." Chakrabarti followed up with a tweet questioning the speaker's leadership.The break ultimately led to a private, one-on-one meeting with Pelosi in the speaker's Capitol office last month, where Ocasio-Cortez appeared ready to call a truce, telling reporters, "I think the speaker respects the fact that we're coming together as a party and a community."Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, said Ocasio-Cortez's challenge came from the fact that she leads a movement "bigger than one district and Washington."Navigating her role as a legislator and a movement-maker is basically what her career is about," Shahid said in an interview. "We'll continue to have that theory of change with one foot in D.C. and one foot in the movement. It's really hard to do that."For Ocasio-Cortez, the process continues to be bumpy. Even with Eckblad at the helm, her office still operates in some ways more like an upstart campaign on a shoestring than a congressional office. A replacement for Trent has yet to be hired, and another aide who routinely rankles rank-and-file aides and lawmakers with combative comments -- like when he claimed his fellow congressional aides were elitist "careerists" -- is still in place.And while it is not clear how many more Justice Democrats Ocasio-Cortez will endorse, she said she was still "very wedded" to the insurgent theory of change that propelled her to Congress."Change by nature takes friction," she said. "It's just a question of how we move through it."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?

Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?Drew Angerer/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.This month I stepped inside a Burger King for the first time in three years. I wanted to try out the new, plant-based “Impossible Whopper,” and learn from an expert—a vegan, no less—about its supposed potential to save the planet, your health, and the lives of lots of cows. Short answers: truth, fiction, and truth.“The first time I had a hamburger it was from Burger King,” said Sarah Chandler, a longtime friend, activist, and food educator, as we devoured our Whoppers in downtown Brooklyn. “And it was, for sure, my favorite hamburger.”But that was a long time ago. These days, Chandler, who recently completed a stint working at Farm Forward (tagline: “Until no animals suffer on factory farms”), is a passionate activist for reducing meat consumption and eating healthier.“I pre-gamed by getting a $4 container of broccoli rabe in Koreatown this morning,” she warned me.Here are three things I learned.First, the Impossible Whopper is delicious. “This tastes so good, I think there’s been a mistake,” I told Sarah as we dug in.Based on a Frankenstein-like fusion of soy protein and yeast (the Beyond Burger is based on pea protein), the Impossible Whopper was indistinguishable from a regular hamburger. Beyond and Impossible use clever tricks to make the burgers “bleed” like regular meat. Probably the thin patty helped, plus all the trimmings and condiments being exactly the same as regular Burger King. I was fooled. Second, in terms of global warming, the plant-substitute meats really could make a difference. Almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture, and large-scale cattle production is among the most intensive. It’s a triple hit, often involving deforestation in developing countries (such as Brazil) and pesticide use, intensive water use, and transportation in industrialized ones. It’s been estimated that a pound of beef produces the amount of carbon dioxide equal to 31 miles of driving a car.And then there are the farts. Cows’ digestive systems excrete methane (mostly through belching, actually), and methane is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. While most methane pollution actually comes from oil and gas, cattle farming is still a major contributor: a single cow releases 30-50 gallons of methane every day. The key point is that the Impossible Burger, and its chief competitor, Beyond Meat, are meant for everybody, not just environmentalists who want to save the world. That’s a crucial distinction. Even if every virtuous environmentalist stopped eating meat, that wouldn’t make a dent in global warming. There just aren’t enough do-gooders out there. (It’s been estimated that 16 percent of U.S. consumers avoid animal products for environmental reasons.)Fast food, though, is a powerful aggregator.On any given day, more than one in three Americans eats fast food. That’s 84.8 million adults. Even if only half of them are eating burgers, that’s nearly 10 million pounds of beef every single day. What’s more, most of that is industrially farmed. While small-scale cattle farming can actually be carbon negative (cows eat grass that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air), large-scale farming is fossil-fuel intensive, both in farming methods and transportation.In sum, Beyond’s own study found that a Beyond Burger generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a regular one, and Impossible’s found an 89 percent reduction. Independent assessments are more conservative, but still estimate that a plant-based burger has about half the carbon footprint of a regular burger. And with the market for meat substitutes expected to hit $2.5 billion by 2023, according to Euromonitor estimates, that’s a lot of cows, and cow emissions, saved.So, will it work?That’s the third thing I learned, and the news isn’t great.While the Impossible Whopper passed our taste test with flying colors, it fails on cost and health.First, it’s expensive. A regular Whopper costs $4.19. An Impossible Whopper theoretically costs $5.59, but at the franchise we visited, it was $6.50. There’s no data on how many customers that deters, but I can’t imagine many will be motivated to pay 50 percent more for their lunch.Of course, regular Big Macs and Whoppers are so cheap in large part because of government corn subsidies. (Cows normally eat grasses, but in the topsy-turvy world of American farm policy, corn ends up being cheaper). Every fast-food burger you eat is basically welfare. But until that changes, it’s hard to see a pricier Whopper competing seriously.Meanwhile, the health benefits of plant-based burgers are, at best, unclear.There’s no question that Impossible products are heavily processed, beginning with genetically modified soybeans and continuing with an intensive process that likely removes a lot of the nutrients along the way. Do those costs outweigh the health benefits of reducing one’s meat intake?It may depend on quantity. “What is healthy and not healthy is really complicated,” Chandler said. “Eating lots of fried things and processed things all the time is not healthy, but eating them sparingly, as a treat, is fine.”Chandler said that the comparison between a regular Whopper and an Impossible one may simply be a wash. “If I were sitting with someone, and they asked ‘how do I make one change in my life to eat healthier?’ The thing that I would want for them is for them to get into better habits about meal planning and making food from scratch.”But how many people will do that? Probably not many. The whole point of the Impossible Whopper is to get large numbers of people to make a meaningful impact on climate change without working too hard.If health won’t motivate people, what about global warming?Chandler was skeptical. “What I know from my experience as a food educator,” she said, “is that health motivates people significantly more than climate change. It’s very difficult to imagine that you’re both the perpetrator of and solution to a big problem. It’s too distant and people get overwhelmed and decide not to deal with it.”Meanwhile, those who are already committed to fighting climate change are unlikely to pop into a Burger King anytime soon. Already there’s been a backlash against corporate giants using plant-based offerings as a kind of “greenwashing.” “I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t want to give money to Burger King because they’re part of the problem,” Chandler told me.So, yes, plant-based meats could play a significant role in fighting global warming if enough people make the switch. But it’s not pure enough for ultra-environmentalists, not healthy enough for the health-conscious, and not cheap enough for the price-sensitive.All that being said, Sarah remained upbeat.“If someone eats fast food four days a week and now they’re going to have this, even just once a month, and they like it,” she said, “that’s a lot of land, that’s a lot of cows, that’s a lot of people, and I’m very happy about it.”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.


From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousin

From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousinScientists say they've deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female member of the Denisovans, a population known mostly from small bone fragments and teeth recovered in Siberia's Denisova Cave. Denisovans may have occupied that cave from more than 200,000 years ago to around 50,000 years ago.


Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacks

Scenes of destruction at Saudi oil plant hit by attacksThe dramatic weekend assault on two Saudi oil facilities saw one of the targets struck four times sparking fires that took five hours to extinguish, the national oil company said Friday. At the Khurais plant in eastern Saudi Arabia, a charred web of pipes and supports was flanked by cranes as staff assessed the extensive damage to an oil stabiliser apparatus. The US has blamed Iran for the attacks, which have been claimed by Tehran-backed Yemeni rebels, condemning them as an "act of war" which knocked out half the kingdom's oil production.


FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage

FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage(Bloomberg) -- A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and the company is working with relevant authorities to understand the facts better, Memphis-based FedEx said in an email. Geng Shuang, spokesman at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a briefing Friday that he was detained after being found with 681 air-gun pellets in his luggage.While FedEx didn’t provide details, a Wall Street Journal report earlier cited people familiar with the matter as saying Chinese authorities have started a criminal probe on the former U.S. Air Force colonel for allegedly carrying ammunition illegally. China notified the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou about the matter and the case is still under investigation, Geng said.FedEx has been under particular scrutiny in recent months, after Huawei Technologies Co. said documents it asked to be shipped from Japan to China were diverted to the U.S. instead without authorization. In another incident, FedEx said it mistakenly rejected a package containing a Huawei phone being sent to the U.S. from the U.K., a claim China rebuffed.Separately, police in China’s Fujian province started an investigation into a package containing a gun delivered by FedEx to a company in China, state media reported in August. Chinese authorities also began probing FedEx on suspicion of illegally handling a package sent to Hong Kong containing knives, Xinhua News Agency reported in early September.The fracas over the Huawei packages has seen FedEx targeted in Chinese state media, with Beijing considering adding the company to a list of so-called unreliable entities it is drafting, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in June.China Mulls FedEx Blacklisting After Huawei Delivery ErrorsAfter the U.S. slapped curbs on Huawei, China’s Commerce Ministry announced the creation of the list in late May to target firms that the government says damage the interests of domestic companies.(Updates with foreign ministry comment in second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Thomas Black, Feifei Shen and April Ma.To contact the reporter on this story: Young-Sam Cho in Hong Kong at ycho2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net, Emma O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next week

Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next weekLorena and Mario are seen swirling near Mexico early Friday morning. (Image/CIRRA RAMMB) Tropical moisture is expected to converge on the southwestern United States early next week. Despite an ongoing drought, the heavy rain could bring a heightened risk of flash flooding and mudslides."There is the potential for heavy rain across the Southwest, especially Arizona, from Sunday night through Tuesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and western U.S. blogger Brian Thompson said.A non-tropical storm associated with a large dip in the jet stream is expected to drop southward across the West during this time frame.Ahead of this storm, moisture will be drawn northward from the tropics. Some of this moisture will be associated with Lorena and perhaps Mario, should the two tropical systems merge together.If the two storms come together, they would combine to bring a significant rain event for portions of the Southwest, according to Thompson.This type of the setup has the potential to produce more than a month's worth of rain in a few hours. Phoenix typically receives 0.64 of an inch of rain during September, while Flagstaff, Arizona, averages over 2 inches."Any non-excessive rain that were to fall on the region would be welcomed," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Drought conditions have grown considerably across the Southwest over the past few months due to a lack-luster monsoon season. While Arizona was free of drought during the middle of June, over 85 percent of the state is enduring moderate to severe drought, according to the latest outlook by the U.S. Drought Monitor.AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned, however, that this event will produce too much rain in a short amount of time."Enough rain may fall to trigger flash flooding and debris flows, due to the arid terrain in the region," Sosnowski said.Dry stream beds, known as arroyos, which have been dry over the past few months may suddenly fill with rushing water.People with normal commutes or long-term travel plans across the region early next week should be mindful of the threat for flash flooding and be on the lookout for flooded and closed roads. Remember to turn around and find a safer, alternate route when floodwaters are encountered."While Arizona has the best chances of getting significant rain, portions of southeastern California and New Mexico could also get in on the rain," Thompson said.The rainfall should assist fire crews battling ongoing blazes across the region and put a temporary end to the risk of new wildfire ignition.However, on the northwestern side of the storm, building warmth and dry, gusty winds will create heightened wildfire dangers across Northern California early next week.Even coastal communities will experience the warmth, with the San Francisco Bay Area expected to hit the 80s F during Tuesday and Wednesday of next week."With these warm, dry conditions, any wind that kicks up with it will increase the fire danger," Thompson said. "We're now heading into prime wildfire season across California, so staying on guard is important."


Trump administration rejects California request for homeless funds

Trump administration rejects California request for homeless fundsThe Trump administration on Wednesday rejected requests from California for more money from Washington to fight homelessness, opening another front in the battle between the White House and the state's Democratic-led progressive government. Newsom and other Democratic elected officials - including the mayors of California's largest cities - wrote to President Donald Trump this week asking for more federal funds to expand programs to provide stable living environments for the homeless.


How Iran Would Unleash an 'All Out War': Lots of Missiles

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6 things to know about teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg

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A damning new report on the 737 Max blames 'inexperienced pilots' and the low-cost airlines that employ them — not Boeing

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See Photos of the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i

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Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

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Giant construction project takes shape in remote North Korea

Giant construction project takes shape in remote North KoreaLike a scene from an epic film, thousands of workers swarm over the building sites of Samjiyon, a monumental construction project in the far reaches of North Korea ordered by leader Kim Jong Un. The plan involves nothing less than the rebuilding of the entire town of Samjiyon, the seat of a county that includes the supposed birthplace of Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il, and Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation. It encompasses a museum of revolutionary activities, a winter sports training complex, processing plants for blueberries and potatoes -- two of the area's most important crops -- a new railway line to Hyesan, and 10,000 apartments.


Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortage

Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortageLt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, says the 'ultra-left' city council does not want to increase the police department amid escalating violence.


Three hunters mauled in grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone: 'He was in their face before they even had chance to grab a gun'

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A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to cross

A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to crossTrump's "asylum ban," recently affirmed by the Supreme Court, means that families fleeing violence may be stuck in Mexico indefinitely.


Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying Investigation

Republicans Slam Democrats Uninterested in Spying InvestigationWhy don't they want to know?


Buttigieg jabs at Warren for her 'evasive' answer on middle-class taxes under Medicare for All

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This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.

This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.Smith Collection/Gado/GettyWhen Houston immigration activist Roland Gramajo Reyes invited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to a public meeting for people worried about being arrested due to their immigration status, he didn’t think he’d end up behind bars.He was wrong. Gramajo’s longtime advocacy on behalf of Houston’s immigrant and Latino communities, family, attorney, and allies said, make them seriously doubt that the timing of his apprehension was an accident.Now, Gramajo, 40, is caught in a tug-of-war between law enforcement agencies seeking to either deport him after 25 cumulative years in the United States, or to first incarcerate him for improper entry into the United States, a charge that could land him in prison.Handout“His bond was denied Monday by a federal judge, so he will remain in detention while his illegal reentry charges are resolved,” Raed Gonzalez, Gramajo’s attorney, told The Daily Beast. “We are trying to reopen his immigration case… Many hurdles await us, but we are trying our best.”Gramajo, a father of five and grandfather of two, was born in Retalhuleu, Guatemala in 1979, and first moved to Houston at age 15. Since then, he has made the improvement of the Guatemalan community and his adopted hometown his life’s mission.He founded the Centro Organizativo Guatemalteco, which raises funds for humanitarian causes in Guatemala, as well as the Southwest American Systems Chamber of Commerce, which helps minority children participate in sports and beauty pageants. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the city in 2017, he took weeks off work to organize community efforts in helping those affected by the storm’s flooding that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. For his work, Gramajo has received commendations from a host of state and local organizations, including the Alief Independent School District, Houston Community College, the Golden Eagle Society, and the Houston City Council.Only days before his apprehension by ICE, Gramajo had organized a “know your rights” seminar for undocumented immigrants and their families in the city—the seminar to which he had invited immigration agents to participate. That invitation, Gramajo’s defenders believe, may have unintentionally goaded ICE into looking into Gramajo’s immigration status, a charge ICE has called “baseless.”“To be abundantly clear, ICE personnel did not attend this Immigration Forum in any capacity—official or unofficial,” the agency released in a statement last week, saying that Gramajo became a target after ICE received an anonymous tip about his status. “To portray him in one-sided media reports… as a victim of some ‘covert’ law enforcement operation is an insulting affront to public safety.”“We’re not gonna be able to comment any further on the anonymous tip” that led to Gramajo’s apprehension, ICE spokesperson Tim Oberle told The Daily Beast when asked about the timing of the tip that lead to his arrest, “because it’s anonymous, obviously.”At the heart of ICE’s deportation case is Gramajo’s 1998 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of burglary of a vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Gramajo’s family told reporters in Houston that the charge was the result of a practical joke that he had played on a friend, the vehicle’s owner.After his plea, immigration authorities commenced deportation proceedings against Gramajo, culminating in his deportation to Guatemala in summer 2004. Gramajo returned months later to be with his family in Houston—including his wife and children—and has remained ever since.It’s that 2004 illegal entry for which Gramajo will stand trial. If he is found guilty, he could face a six-month prison sentence before his potential deportation.“My sons, they are texting me asking how is their father, and that’s what hurts the most,” Magaly Quicano, Gramajo’s wife, told reporters in Houston last week. “I’ve been praying, praying praying that he will win this immigration battle.”Gramajo’s defenders, who count members of Houston’s political establishment among their members, told The Daily Beast that the potential deportation of the father of five is disgraceful.“The prospect of deporting Mr. Gramajo is outrageous,” Mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen, a member of the Houston City Council, told The Daily Beast. Last year, the city council commended Gramajo as “dedicated to serving and inspiring the community,” and whose “qualities represent a true leader with an exceptional drive to improve the quality of life” throughout the city.“His so-called ‘crime’ of coming back to this country—his country—after his 2004 deportation is a result of unjust laws. If I were in his shoes, I would have tried to find a way back to my spouse and children too,” Cohen added, noting that she has called upon ICE to immediately release him. “He is an asset to Houston and there is no legitimate public safety-related reason to deport him again. If ICE’s concern is public safety, they should be focusing their limited resources on those who are bringing violence, drugs, and human trafficking in to our communities.”Houston City Council member Steve Le, who brought forth a successful proposal last year to name May 17, 2018 as “Roland Omar Gramajo Reyes Day” in the city, called Gramajo “a good person and community leader” whose presence in the city makes it a better place to live. “Our office appreciates everything he has done for the community and recognized him with a Mayoral Proclamation for his achievements,” Le told The Daily Beast. “We were surprised by his arrest and hope the court will take into account all the great contributions he has made when determining his sentencing. We look forward to a favorable outcome for his family and our community.”But after a judge denied his bond in a hearing on Monday, Gramajo will remain in federal detention until trial. Even if he wins his criminal case, his presence in the United States is far from assured—if deported, Gramajo will be barred from entering the United States for 20 years.“I don’t know what the verdict will be, but I leave everything in the hands of God and wait,” Quicano said tearfully. “No more.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'

Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'Justin Trudeau has refused to rule out the existence of more pictures of himself in blackface as he said white "privilege" had blinded him to the racism of the practice.  Three separate cases of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface have emerged in the last two days, shredding his reputation as a liberal poster boy a month before the Canadian elections. During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mr Trudeau said he "deeply regretted" the incidents, saying it was the sort of discrimination ethnic minorities "face on a regular basis". "I didn't see that from the layers of privilege that I have. And for that I am deeply sorry, and I apologise". He declined to be drawn on whether further photographs may emerge, saying "I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered." Mr Trudeau admitted he did not reveal the episodes to his Liberal Party during vetting processes when he ran for office, saying "I never talked about this. Quite frankly I was embarrassed". The Canadian leader's political turmoil began on Wednesday night, when Time magazine published a yearbook photograph of a 29-year-old Mr Trudeau wearing robes and a turban, his hands, face and neck coated with brown makeup. Then a teacher at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, Mr Trudeau was attending an Arabian nights themed gala dressed as Aladdin. In the few photos from the event, Mr Trudeau appears to be the only reveller wearing makeup. On Thursday morning, Global News released an undated, low resolution video of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface, raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue. The Liberal party confirmed it shortly afterwards. “Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019,” said opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, adding that the prime minister is “not fit to govern”. Justin Trudeau, 29, wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck Credit: Time Magazine Addressing the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Mr Trudeau admitted he also “wore makeup” while performing Day-O by Harry Belafonte at a high school talent show, taking the number of incidents to three so far. “I’m p----d off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Mr Trudeau said during his apology. The prime minister said he did not consider it racist at the time, but knows better now. Mr Trudeau dodged a question about whether he should resign, responding: “I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case-by-case basis, I think. I deeply regret that we, that I, did that, I should have known better but I didn’t.” Mr Trudeau is widely seen as a leading exponent of multiculturalism and diversity. Asked four years ago why he had nominated a gender-balanced cabinet, following his landslide election victory, Mr Trudeau famously responded: “Because it’s 2015.” BREAKING: A video — obtained exclusively by Global News — shows a third instance of Justin Trudeau in what appears to be racist makeup.cdnpolielxn43https://t.co/1WNWm9QPat— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) 19 September 2019 “This is the Trudeau brand imploding,” said Stephanie Chouinard, professor of politics at Queen’s University, of the images. Popular support for Mr Trudeau has slumped this year following accusations he pressured his former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to drop a criminal probe into engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The company, which is accused of handing out bribes worth C$47.7m to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011, employs more than 3,000 workers in Quebec, where Mr Trudeau's own electoral riding of Papineau lies. In August, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion accused the prime minister of violating Canada's ethics laws, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has reportedly been in contact with Ms Wilson-Raybould - who was expelled from the Liberal caucus in April - to discuss the matter.  Heading into the October 21 election, Mr Trudeau is currently tied with Conservative Mr Scheer in the polls. With little public support for either candidate, the Liberal party has attempted to fight the election on social issues, accusing Mr Scheer of having archaic views on abortion and same-sex marriage and digging up dirt on conservative candidates. “Trudeau has not been shy about contrasting his party’s image with that of the conservative party,” said Ms Chouinard. Against that backdrop, many Canadians will see hypocrisy in Mr Trudeau’s blackface revelations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologises for wearing brownface makeup in 2001 Credit: Reuters Jagmeet Singh, leader of the third-place NDP, called the image insulting. “It’s about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin,” tweeted Mr Singh, who himself wears a turban. West Point Grey Academy is one of several elite Vancouver private schools, catering to wealthy families in British Columbia, with annual fees of C$23,490. Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of ⁦@JustinTrudeau⁩ in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019 Profile | Justin Trudeau The gala Mr Trudeau attended – which also featured belly dancing, according to a 2001 school newsletter in 2001 – raised approximately $160,000 for the academy. Earlier this year across Canada’s southern border, Virginia governor Ralph Northam refused to resign after admitting he had worn blackface, following the release of a yearbook photo. The Liberal Party did not respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.


State sending troopers to help fight St. Louis crime

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'We think we missed the mark': Amazon tells workers they can stay in their jobs, after announcing their roles would be eliminated (AMZN)

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Why Trump had a wad of cash in his back pocket

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Death of troubled officer whose gun wasn't taken away marks record number of suicides in NYPD

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South Korea police say they may have found serial killer

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Iran and U.S. Navy SEALs Are Ready to Battle in the Persian Gulf

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Single 25-year-old mother of 3 diagnosed with terminal cancer: 'I'm scared of leaving them behind'

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Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military

Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. MilitaryZahra Billoo, who joined the board of the Women's March just several days ago, announced on her Twitter feed Thursday morning that she has been voted off the board.Billoo has a history of controversial statements on Twitter, in which she has compared the U.S. and Israeli militaries to ISIS and Nazis, once even asserting that the FBI recruits "mentally ill" people to join ISIS.The Women's March has not released a statement explaining the justification for her dismissal as of this writing.However, Billoo asserted in a tweet thread that she was voted out as a result of an "Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in defense of Palestinian human rights and the right to self determination."Addressing the controversy over her tweets, she wrote "In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words."> In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words. 15/> > -- Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) September 19, 2019Billoo stated on Facebook in 2017 that she would not go to see the movie "Wonder Woman" because of the participation of actress Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces. She justified her stance by saying she would similarly not see a movie in which the lead actress was proud of being a member of ISIS, al-Qaeda, or the U.S. military.In a 2014 post on Twitter, Billoo said she was opposed to "all terrorism, including all that regularly committed by the US military and Al Qaeda, the Israeli Defense Forces and ISIS.”Billoo and other new members were hired to replace three former Women's March leaders dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism. Two of these members, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, have drawn fire for their support of Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.


CNN Brings on Corey Lewandowski, a Known Liar, for Totally Batshit Interview

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Dozens of people charged for illegally distributing millions of opioid pills

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Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., a rising star regarded by many Democrats as a future speaker of the House.But after nearly nine months, with her eyes now wide open to the downsides of her revolutionary reputation and social media fame, Ocasio-Cortez has tempered her brash, institution-be-damned style with something different: a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained."I think I have more of a context of what it takes to do this job and survive on a day-to-day basis in a culture that is inherently hostile to people like me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview.Gone from her Washington office are her original chief of staff and her communications director, two Justice Democrats co-founders who were intent on waging their divisive brand of politics from their offices on Capitol Hill. No longer an unabashed ambassador of the combative group, Ocasio-Cortez has carefully managed her involvement with it.And she never did go after Jeffries, now chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the same position held by former Rep. Joseph Crowley last year when Ocasio-Cortez set her sights on ousting him. Instead, on Tuesday she announced that her first endorsement of a primary challenger to an incumbent Democrat would be Marie Newman, who is making a second run at ousting Rep. Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, a conservative-leaning Democrat who is regarded by many of his colleagues as something of an outlier because of his opposition to abortion rights and his vote against the Affordable Care Act. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democrat to break with Lipinski and support Newman, nor is she the first.Deciding on the endorsement, she said, was in part a product of having learned to balance her twin roles as a dissident and a member of Congress."It's not just about being an activist," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It forces you to grow. So it doesn't mean you don't endorse activists, but it also requires an assessment for a capacity of growth and how you navigate a space like this."When she first arrived on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez and her team made it clear they planned to use their perch inside Congress as a platform for their divisive, outsider brand of politics. On her first day of orientation, Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters camped outside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office agitating for the Green New Deal."It could have made people mad, they could have put me on the dog-walking committee," she joked later that week on a Justice Democrats conference call promoting the organization's candidate recruitment campaign. "They still might."Ocasio-Cortez may have meant it as an offhand quip, but her comment underscored a reality on Capitol Hill that she and her team were slow to fully appreciate: the extent to which power and the ability to get things done in the House were dependent on personal relationships and respect for the hierarchy. The first-term congresswoman enjoys rich public support outside the halls of Congress, particularly on social media platforms where progressive activism thrives. But the approach that she and her cohorts champion -- pulling the institution to the left in part by threatening the careers of any Democrat who fails to embrace their ideas -- quickly alienated many of her colleagues, and has made it difficult for her to get anything done.And in private conversations, many of Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic colleagues routinely complain that in her zeal to build her social media celebrity and political brand, the first-term congresswoman is too quick to cast aspersions on her fellow lawmakers, painting them as apologists for the status quo."In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter, because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me," Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview. "In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized."She said she has gone through a "loss of innocence and naivete," realizing that it was impossible to separate the legislative work of serving in Congress with the politics of reelection campaigns."They are frankly much closer in that dynamic and much closer in overlapping than a lot of people tend to realize," she said.Ocasio-Cortez has cut back on her appearances on behalf of Justice Democrats and has begun bolstering her fellow incumbent freshmen lawmakers, like Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., a member of Democratic leadership who she will support at a fundraiser in Boulder later this week. In April, she rallied around some of her colleagues who flipped districts President Donald Trump won in 2016, encouraging her Twitter followers to donate to their campaigns. She diligently reached out to the so-called majority-makers on her committees -- the centrist freshmen who flipped Republican-leaning seats -- to win them over.Her aides, however, continued to carry the Justice Democrats flag without restraint, tweeting out their support when the group challenged incumbents, to the dismay of Democratic aides and lawmakers. A flashpoint came in July when Saikat Chakrabarti, then her chief of staff, ignited a firestorm by accusing centrist Democrats of enabling "a racist system" after they blocked an effort to defund immigration enforcement as part of an emergency border aid package. In a post on Twitter, he compared them to "new Southern Democrats," a reference to segregationists. It was a remarkable breach of protocol for an unelected aide.Jeffries used the House Democrats' official Twitter account to deliver a biting warning shot in a now-deleted tweet that singled out the chief of staff. Two weeks later, Chakrabarti announced he would leave the office entirely. Ocasio-Cortez's new chief, Ariel Eckblad, a former aide to Sen. Kamala Harris of California, is well-versed in the workings of Capitol Hill and is widely seen as a sober-minded replacement. Corbin Trent, who had been handling communications for both Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and her congressional office, a highly unusual arrangement, has returned to the political side.The rift was an escalation of a feud that began days earlier when Maureen Dowd, The New York Times columnist, asked Pelosi about the fury from the Bronx Democrat and three other progressive freshmen over the border aid package. The speaker noted that the group had failed to persuade any other Democrats to join them in voting against the House's version of the bill."All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world," Pelosi said then. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."Ocasio-Cortez fired back by saying that it was she and progressive activists who revere her, not Pelosi, who wielded the real power in the party, and later complained that the speaker was engaging in a "singling out of newly elected women of color." Chakrabarti followed up with a tweet questioning the speaker's leadership.The break ultimately led to a private, one-on-one meeting with Pelosi in the speaker's Capitol office last month, where Ocasio-Cortez appeared ready to call a truce, telling reporters, "I think the speaker respects the fact that we're coming together as a party and a community."Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, said Ocasio-Cortez's challenge came from the fact that she leads a movement "bigger than one district and Washington."Navigating her role as a legislator and a movement-maker is basically what her career is about," Shahid said in an interview. "We'll continue to have that theory of change with one foot in D.C. and one foot in the movement. It's really hard to do that."For Ocasio-Cortez, the process continues to be bumpy. Even with Eckblad at the helm, her office still operates in some ways more like an upstart campaign on a shoestring than a congressional office. A replacement for Trent has yet to be hired, and another aide who routinely rankles rank-and-file aides and lawmakers with combative comments -- like when he claimed his fellow congressional aides were elitist "careerists" -- is still in place.And while it is not clear how many more Justice Democrats Ocasio-Cortez will endorse, she said she was still "very wedded" to the insurgent theory of change that propelled her to Congress."Change by nature takes friction," she said. "It's just a question of how we move through it."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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Earth to 2020 Democrats. The Syrian civil war was not caused by climate change.

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Area 51: Ultimate Proving Ground For America's Top Secret Spy Planes?

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to attend same wedding as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (report)

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Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?

Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?Drew Angerer/GettyThis story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.This month I stepped inside a Burger King for the first time in three years. I wanted to try out the new, plant-based “Impossible Whopper,” and learn from an expert—a vegan, no less—about its supposed potential to save the planet, your health, and the lives of lots of cows. Short answers: truth, fiction, and truth.“The first time I had a hamburger it was from Burger King,” said Sarah Chandler, a longtime friend, activist, and food educator, as we devoured our Whoppers in downtown Brooklyn. “And it was, for sure, my favorite hamburger.”But that was a long time ago. These days, Chandler, who recently completed a stint working at Farm Forward (tagline: “Until no animals suffer on factory farms”), is a passionate activist for reducing meat consumption and eating healthier.“I pre-gamed by getting a $4 container of broccoli rabe in Koreatown this morning,” she warned me.Here are three things I learned.First, the Impossible Whopper is delicious. “This tastes so good, I think there’s been a mistake,” I told Sarah as we dug in.Based on a Frankenstein-like fusion of soy protein and yeast (the Beyond Burger is based on pea protein), the Impossible Whopper was indistinguishable from a regular hamburger. Beyond and Impossible use clever tricks to make the burgers “bleed” like regular meat. Probably the thin patty helped, plus all the trimmings and condiments being exactly the same as regular Burger King. I was fooled. Second, in terms of global warming, the plant-substitute meats really could make a difference. Almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture, and large-scale cattle production is among the most intensive. It’s a triple hit, often involving deforestation in developing countries (such as Brazil) and pesticide use, intensive water use, and transportation in industrialized ones. It’s been estimated that a pound of beef produces the amount of carbon dioxide equal to 31 miles of driving a car.And then there are the farts. Cows’ digestive systems excrete methane (mostly through belching, actually), and methane is 23 times as potent as carbon dioxide when it comes to global warming. While most methane pollution actually comes from oil and gas, cattle farming is still a major contributor: a single cow releases 30-50 gallons of methane every day. The key point is that the Impossible Burger, and its chief competitor, Beyond Meat, are meant for everybody, not just environmentalists who want to save the world. That’s a crucial distinction. Even if every virtuous environmentalist stopped eating meat, that wouldn’t make a dent in global warming. There just aren’t enough do-gooders out there. (It’s been estimated that 16 percent of U.S. consumers avoid animal products for environmental reasons.)Fast food, though, is a powerful aggregator.On any given day, more than one in three Americans eats fast food. That’s 84.8 million adults. Even if only half of them are eating burgers, that’s nearly 10 million pounds of beef every single day. What’s more, most of that is industrially farmed. While small-scale cattle farming can actually be carbon negative (cows eat grass that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air), large-scale farming is fossil-fuel intensive, both in farming methods and transportation.In sum, Beyond’s own study found that a Beyond Burger generates 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a regular one, and Impossible’s found an 89 percent reduction. Independent assessments are more conservative, but still estimate that a plant-based burger has about half the carbon footprint of a regular burger. And with the market for meat substitutes expected to hit $2.5 billion by 2023, according to Euromonitor estimates, that’s a lot of cows, and cow emissions, saved.So, will it work?That’s the third thing I learned, and the news isn’t great.While the Impossible Whopper passed our taste test with flying colors, it fails on cost and health.First, it’s expensive. A regular Whopper costs $4.19. An Impossible Whopper theoretically costs $5.59, but at the franchise we visited, it was $6.50. There’s no data on how many customers that deters, but I can’t imagine many will be motivated to pay 50 percent more for their lunch.Of course, regular Big Macs and Whoppers are so cheap in large part because of government corn subsidies. (Cows normally eat grasses, but in the topsy-turvy world of American farm policy, corn ends up being cheaper). Every fast-food burger you eat is basically welfare. But until that changes, it’s hard to see a pricier Whopper competing seriously.Meanwhile, the health benefits of plant-based burgers are, at best, unclear.There’s no question that Impossible products are heavily processed, beginning with genetically modified soybeans and continuing with an intensive process that likely removes a lot of the nutrients along the way. Do those costs outweigh the health benefits of reducing one’s meat intake?It may depend on quantity. “What is healthy and not healthy is really complicated,” Chandler said. “Eating lots of fried things and processed things all the time is not healthy, but eating them sparingly, as a treat, is fine.”Chandler said that the comparison between a regular Whopper and an Impossible one may simply be a wash. “If I were sitting with someone, and they asked ‘how do I make one change in my life to eat healthier?’ The thing that I would want for them is for them to get into better habits about meal planning and making food from scratch.”But how many people will do that? Probably not many. The whole point of the Impossible Whopper is to get large numbers of people to make a meaningful impact on climate change without working too hard.If health won’t motivate people, what about global warming?Chandler was skeptical. “What I know from my experience as a food educator,” she said, “is that health motivates people significantly more than climate change. It’s very difficult to imagine that you’re both the perpetrator of and solution to a big problem. It’s too distant and people get overwhelmed and decide not to deal with it.”Meanwhile, those who are already committed to fighting climate change are unlikely to pop into a Burger King anytime soon. Already there’s been a backlash against corporate giants using plant-based offerings as a kind of “greenwashing.” “I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t want to give money to Burger King because they’re part of the problem,” Chandler told me.So, yes, plant-based meats could play a significant role in fighting global warming if enough people make the switch. But it’s not pure enough for ultra-environmentalists, not healthy enough for the health-conscious, and not cheap enough for the price-sensitive.All that being said, Sarah remained upbeat.“If someone eats fast food four days a week and now they’re going to have this, even just once a month, and they like it,” she said, “that’s a lot of land, that’s a lot of cows, that’s a lot of people, and I’m very happy about it.”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.


From DNA, scientists create skull of Neanderthal cousin

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FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage

FedEx Pilot Detained in China for Item Found in Luggage(Bloomberg) -- A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country.The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and the company is working with relevant authorities to understand the facts better, Memphis-based FedEx said in an email. Geng Shuang, spokesman at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a briefing Friday that he was detained after being found with 681 air-gun pellets in his luggage.While FedEx didn’t provide details, a Wall Street Journal report earlier cited people familiar with the matter as saying Chinese authorities have started a criminal probe on the former U.S. Air Force colonel for allegedly carrying ammunition illegally. China notified the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou about the matter and the case is still under investigation, Geng said.FedEx has been under particular scrutiny in recent months, after Huawei Technologies Co. said documents it asked to be shipped from Japan to China were diverted to the U.S. instead without authorization. In another incident, FedEx said it mistakenly rejected a package containing a Huawei phone being sent to the U.S. from the U.K., a claim China rebuffed.Separately, police in China’s Fujian province started an investigation into a package containing a gun delivered by FedEx to a company in China, state media reported in August. Chinese authorities also began probing FedEx on suspicion of illegally handling a package sent to Hong Kong containing knives, Xinhua News Agency reported in early September.The fracas over the Huawei packages has seen FedEx targeted in Chinese state media, with Beijing considering adding the company to a list of so-called unreliable entities it is drafting, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in June.China Mulls FedEx Blacklisting After Huawei Delivery ErrorsAfter the U.S. slapped curbs on Huawei, China’s Commerce Ministry announced the creation of the list in late May to target firms that the government says damage the interests of domestic companies.(Updates with foreign ministry comment in second paragraph.)\--With assistance from Thomas Black, Feifei Shen and April Ma.To contact the reporter on this story: Young-Sam Cho in Hong Kong at ycho2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net, Emma O'BrienFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next week

Tropical merger to bring downpours amid drought in southwestern US next weekLorena and Mario are seen swirling near Mexico early Friday morning. (Image/CIRRA RAMMB) Tropical moisture is expected to converge on the southwestern United States early next week. Despite an ongoing drought, the heavy rain could bring a heightened risk of flash flooding and mudslides."There is the potential for heavy rain across the Southwest, especially Arizona, from Sunday night through Tuesday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist and western U.S. blogger Brian Thompson said.A non-tropical storm associated with a large dip in the jet stream is expected to drop southward across the West during this time frame.Ahead of this storm, moisture will be drawn northward from the tropics. Some of this moisture will be associated with Lorena and perhaps Mario, should the two tropical systems merge together.If the two storms come together, they would combine to bring a significant rain event for portions of the Southwest, according to Thompson.This type of the setup has the potential to produce more than a month's worth of rain in a few hours. Phoenix typically receives 0.64 of an inch of rain during September, while Flagstaff, Arizona, averages over 2 inches."Any non-excessive rain that were to fall on the region would be welcomed," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Drought conditions have grown considerably across the Southwest over the past few months due to a lack-luster monsoon season. While Arizona was free of drought during the middle of June, over 85 percent of the state is enduring moderate to severe drought, according to the latest outlook by the U.S. Drought Monitor.AccuWeather meteorologists are concerned, however, that this event will produce too much rain in a short amount of time."Enough rain may fall to trigger flash flooding and debris flows, due to the arid terrain in the region," Sosnowski said.Dry stream beds, known as arroyos, which have been dry over the past few months may suddenly fill with rushing water.People with normal commutes or long-term travel plans across the region early next week should be mindful of the threat for flash flooding and be on the lookout for flooded and closed roads. Remember to turn around and find a safer, alternate route when floodwaters are encountered."While Arizona has the best chances of getting significant rain, portions of southeastern California and New Mexico could also get in on the rain," Thompson said.The rainfall should assist fire crews battling ongoing blazes across the region and put a temporary end to the risk of new wildfire ignition.However, on the northwestern side of the storm, building warmth and dry, gusty winds will create heightened wildfire dangers across Northern California early next week.Even coastal communities will experience the warmth, with the San Francisco Bay Area expected to hit the 80s F during Tuesday and Wednesday of next week."With these warm, dry conditions, any wind that kicks up with it will increase the fire danger," Thompson said. "We're now heading into prime wildfire season across California, so staying on guard is important."


Trump administration rejects California request for homeless funds

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How Iran Would Unleash an 'All Out War': Lots of Missiles

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A damning new report on the 737 Max blames 'inexperienced pilots' and the low-cost airlines that employ them — not Boeing

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See Photos of the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i

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Ex-lover in corn rake killing: Woman was afraid of husband

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Giant construction project takes shape in remote North Korea

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Police Officers Federation accuses Minneapolis lawmakers of having anti-cop agenda amid officer shortage

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Three hunters mauled in grizzly bear attacks at Yellowstone: 'He was in their face before they even had chance to grab a gun'

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A family fleeing violence in El Salvador has been stuck at the US-Mexico border for 2 months — and Trump's new asylum rules may make it impossible for them to cross

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This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.

This Activist Invited ICE to a Community Meeting. Days Later They Arrested Him.Smith Collection/Gado/GettyWhen Houston immigration activist Roland Gramajo Reyes invited U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to a public meeting for people worried about being arrested due to their immigration status, he didn’t think he’d end up behind bars.He was wrong. Gramajo’s longtime advocacy on behalf of Houston’s immigrant and Latino communities, family, attorney, and allies said, make them seriously doubt that the timing of his apprehension was an accident.Now, Gramajo, 40, is caught in a tug-of-war between law enforcement agencies seeking to either deport him after 25 cumulative years in the United States, or to first incarcerate him for improper entry into the United States, a charge that could land him in prison.Handout“His bond was denied Monday by a federal judge, so he will remain in detention while his illegal reentry charges are resolved,” Raed Gonzalez, Gramajo’s attorney, told The Daily Beast. “We are trying to reopen his immigration case… Many hurdles await us, but we are trying our best.”Gramajo, a father of five and grandfather of two, was born in Retalhuleu, Guatemala in 1979, and first moved to Houston at age 15. Since then, he has made the improvement of the Guatemalan community and his adopted hometown his life’s mission.He founded the Centro Organizativo Guatemalteco, which raises funds for humanitarian causes in Guatemala, as well as the Southwest American Systems Chamber of Commerce, which helps minority children participate in sports and beauty pageants. After Hurricane Harvey devastated the city in 2017, he took weeks off work to organize community efforts in helping those affected by the storm’s flooding that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. For his work, Gramajo has received commendations from a host of state and local organizations, including the Alief Independent School District, Houston Community College, the Golden Eagle Society, and the Houston City Council.Only days before his apprehension by ICE, Gramajo had organized a “know your rights” seminar for undocumented immigrants and their families in the city—the seminar to which he had invited immigration agents to participate. That invitation, Gramajo’s defenders believe, may have unintentionally goaded ICE into looking into Gramajo’s immigration status, a charge ICE has called “baseless.”“To be abundantly clear, ICE personnel did not attend this Immigration Forum in any capacity—official or unofficial,” the agency released in a statement last week, saying that Gramajo became a target after ICE received an anonymous tip about his status. “To portray him in one-sided media reports… as a victim of some ‘covert’ law enforcement operation is an insulting affront to public safety.”“We’re not gonna be able to comment any further on the anonymous tip” that led to Gramajo’s apprehension, ICE spokesperson Tim Oberle told The Daily Beast when asked about the timing of the tip that lead to his arrest, “because it’s anonymous, obviously.”At the heart of ICE’s deportation case is Gramajo’s 1998 guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of burglary of a vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Gramajo’s family told reporters in Houston that the charge was the result of a practical joke that he had played on a friend, the vehicle’s owner.After his plea, immigration authorities commenced deportation proceedings against Gramajo, culminating in his deportation to Guatemala in summer 2004. Gramajo returned months later to be with his family in Houston—including his wife and children—and has remained ever since.It’s that 2004 illegal entry for which Gramajo will stand trial. If he is found guilty, he could face a six-month prison sentence before his potential deportation.“My sons, they are texting me asking how is their father, and that’s what hurts the most,” Magaly Quicano, Gramajo’s wife, told reporters in Houston last week. “I’ve been praying, praying praying that he will win this immigration battle.”Gramajo’s defenders, who count members of Houston’s political establishment among their members, told The Daily Beast that the potential deportation of the father of five is disgraceful.“The prospect of deporting Mr. Gramajo is outrageous,” Mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen, a member of the Houston City Council, told The Daily Beast. Last year, the city council commended Gramajo as “dedicated to serving and inspiring the community,” and whose “qualities represent a true leader with an exceptional drive to improve the quality of life” throughout the city.“His so-called ‘crime’ of coming back to this country—his country—after his 2004 deportation is a result of unjust laws. If I were in his shoes, I would have tried to find a way back to my spouse and children too,” Cohen added, noting that she has called upon ICE to immediately release him. “He is an asset to Houston and there is no legitimate public safety-related reason to deport him again. If ICE’s concern is public safety, they should be focusing their limited resources on those who are bringing violence, drugs, and human trafficking in to our communities.”Houston City Council member Steve Le, who brought forth a successful proposal last year to name May 17, 2018 as “Roland Omar Gramajo Reyes Day” in the city, called Gramajo “a good person and community leader” whose presence in the city makes it a better place to live. “Our office appreciates everything he has done for the community and recognized him with a Mayoral Proclamation for his achievements,” Le told The Daily Beast. “We were surprised by his arrest and hope the court will take into account all the great contributions he has made when determining his sentencing. We look forward to a favorable outcome for his family and our community.”But after a judge denied his bond in a hearing on Monday, Gramajo will remain in federal detention until trial. Even if he wins his criminal case, his presence in the United States is far from assured—if deported, Gramajo will be barred from entering the United States for 20 years.“I don’t know what the verdict will be, but I leave everything in the hands of God and wait,” Quicano said tearfully. “No more.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.


Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'

Justin Trudeau says white 'privilege' blinded him to racism of blackface as he expresses 'deep regret'Justin Trudeau has refused to rule out the existence of more pictures of himself in blackface as he said white "privilege" had blinded him to the racism of the practice.  Three separate cases of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface have emerged in the last two days, shredding his reputation as a liberal poster boy a month before the Canadian elections. During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Mr Trudeau said he "deeply regretted" the incidents, saying it was the sort of discrimination ethnic minorities "face on a regular basis". "I didn't see that from the layers of privilege that I have. And for that I am deeply sorry, and I apologise". He declined to be drawn on whether further photographs may emerge, saying "I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out I had not remembered." Mr Trudeau admitted he did not reveal the episodes to his Liberal Party during vetting processes when he ran for office, saying "I never talked about this. Quite frankly I was embarrassed". The Canadian leader's political turmoil began on Wednesday night, when Time magazine published a yearbook photograph of a 29-year-old Mr Trudeau wearing robes and a turban, his hands, face and neck coated with brown makeup. Then a teacher at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, Mr Trudeau was attending an Arabian nights themed gala dressed as Aladdin. In the few photos from the event, Mr Trudeau appears to be the only reveller wearing makeup. On Thursday morning, Global News released an undated, low resolution video of Mr Trudeau wearing blackface, raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue. The Liberal party confirmed it shortly afterwards. “Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019,” said opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, adding that the prime minister is “not fit to govern”. Justin Trudeau, 29, wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck Credit: Time Magazine Addressing the media on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Mr Trudeau admitted he also “wore makeup” while performing Day-O by Harry Belafonte at a high school talent show, taking the number of incidents to three so far. “I’m p----d off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Mr Trudeau said during his apology. The prime minister said he did not consider it racist at the time, but knows better now. Mr Trudeau dodged a question about whether he should resign, responding: “I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case-by-case basis, I think. I deeply regret that we, that I, did that, I should have known better but I didn’t.” Mr Trudeau is widely seen as a leading exponent of multiculturalism and diversity. Asked four years ago why he had nominated a gender-balanced cabinet, following his landslide election victory, Mr Trudeau famously responded: “Because it’s 2015.” BREAKING: A video — obtained exclusively by Global News — shows a third instance of Justin Trudeau in what appears to be racist makeup.cdnpolielxn43https://t.co/1WNWm9QPat— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) 19 September 2019 “This is the Trudeau brand imploding,” said Stephanie Chouinard, professor of politics at Queen’s University, of the images. Popular support for Mr Trudeau has slumped this year following accusations he pressured his former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to drop a criminal probe into engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The company, which is accused of handing out bribes worth C$47.7m to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011, employs more than 3,000 workers in Quebec, where Mr Trudeau's own electoral riding of Papineau lies. In August, independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion accused the prime minister of violating Canada's ethics laws, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has reportedly been in contact with Ms Wilson-Raybould - who was expelled from the Liberal caucus in April - to discuss the matter.  Heading into the October 21 election, Mr Trudeau is currently tied with Conservative Mr Scheer in the polls. With little public support for either candidate, the Liberal party has attempted to fight the election on social issues, accusing Mr Scheer of having archaic views on abortion and same-sex marriage and digging up dirt on conservative candidates. “Trudeau has not been shy about contrasting his party’s image with that of the conservative party,” said Ms Chouinard. Against that backdrop, many Canadians will see hypocrisy in Mr Trudeau’s blackface revelations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologises for wearing brownface makeup in 2001 Credit: Reuters Jagmeet Singh, leader of the third-place NDP, called the image insulting. “It’s about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin,” tweeted Mr Singh, who himself wears a turban. West Point Grey Academy is one of several elite Vancouver private schools, catering to wealthy families in British Columbia, with annual fees of C$23,490. Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of ⁦@JustinTrudeau⁩ in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019 Profile | Justin Trudeau The gala Mr Trudeau attended – which also featured belly dancing, according to a 2001 school newsletter in 2001 – raised approximately $160,000 for the academy. Earlier this year across Canada’s southern border, Virginia governor Ralph Northam refused to resign after admitting he had worn blackface, following the release of a yearbook photo. The Liberal Party did not respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.


State sending troopers to help fight St. Louis crime

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'We think we missed the mark': Amazon tells workers they can stay in their jobs, after announcing their roles would be eliminated (AMZN)

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