7 months ago

Stuck at the Bottom in China

Photo Credit Dominic McKenzie BEIJING In the early 1980s, Chinas top leader, Deng Xiaoping, is said to have issued his now-famous rallying cry in defense of a market economy. Let some people get ric

9 months ago

Trump Time Capsule #110: Diplomats, Boss, Enquirer Trump Time Capsule #109: 'Unqualified and Unfit' Trump Time ... - The Atlantic

Todays harvest of things that havent happened in presidential campaigns before:

1. Diplomats. As the Washington Post reported yesterday, some 75 former prominent former ambassadors and other diplomats, from Republican and Democratic administrations alike, signed an open letter opposing Donald Trump and, more strikingly, going on outright to endorse Hillary Clinton.

The full text of the letter and list of names is here. Sample of their argument:

We have served Republican and Democratic Presidents with pride and enthusiasm.

None of us will vote for Donald J. Trump.

Each of us endorses Hillary Clinton and Tim Ka

12 months ago

Donald Trump's 'Make America Great Again' hats fall short on USA-made tags - CNBC

Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats proudly tout they are "Made in USA." Not necessarily always the case, an Associated Press review found.

The iconic, baseball-style hats are indeed stitched together at a small factory in the Los Angeles area. But at least one of the hats in a small sample tested by the AP and an outside expert did not contain the specific type of American-made fabric the hats' manufacturer insists his factory always uses to make each one.

The true origin of the fabric in that hat remains a mystery whether U.S.- or foreign-made and by whom and a striking example of how difficult and murky it can be to verify something is actually "Made in USA."

1 year ago

Paul Ryan delivers Shermanesque rejection of running for president - Washington Post

At a news conference April 12, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reiterated that he does not want to be his party's nominee for president, saying, "I should not be considered, period, end of story." (Reuters)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday delivered a forceful statement rejecting calls from establishment Republicans who want him to usurptheir partys presidential nomination from the remaining contestants in that race.

Ryan, who has spent a couple of months making these statements, to no avail, arranged a hastily called afternoonnews conference inside the Republican National Committee headquarters, where he insisted in his clearest terms yet to theGOPs big-dono

2 years ago

Chicago Police Expand Body Camera Usage to 7 Districts - DNAinfo

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CITY HALL Chicago Police are ready to expand their nascent campaign to equip officers with body cameras, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a statement Sunday.

The pilot program will reach officers in seven of the city's 22police districts by mid-2016, the statement

2 years ago

Poster girl for Islamic State 'killed for trying to escape' - Times LIVE

The Daily Telegraph | 2015-11-26 00:38:49.0

WHAT'S IN A FACE? A teenaged Austrian girl, Samra Kesinovic, who went to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group, is believed to have been beaten to death after being caught trying to flee the IS stronghold of Raqqa

An Austrian teenager who became a poster girl for Islamic State has reportedly been beaten to death by the group after she was caught trying to flee Syria.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, according to reports in two Austrian newspapers.

She appeared extensively in IS propaganda after leaving her native Vienna to join the Islamic terrorists together with Sabina Selimovic, a 16-year-old friend.

The two teenagers were shown wearing Islamic headbands and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by masked male jihadists.

Both Austrian women are now believed to be dead. Selimovic was reported to have been killed in fighting in Syria last year.

Kesinovic and Selimovic were both children of Bosnian refugees who fled to Austria from the war in their country during the 1990s.

They reportedly left a note for their families that read: "Don't look for us. We will serve Allah and we will die for him."

Kesinovic reportedly wrote home late last year, telling her family that she wanted to return and that she had had enough of the extreme violence she saw every day.

It is believed they both married IS jihadists in Syria. Selimovic later denied reports that she was pregnant in an exchange of text messages with the magazine Paris Match, and claimed she was happy in Syria.

"Here I can really be free. I can practise my religion. I couldn't do that in Vienna," she told the magazine.

2 years ago

EPA Announces New Rules To Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides

A worker pours a bucket of pesticide into a machine to be sprayed on almond trees at Del Bosque Farms Inc. in Firebaugh, Calif., on April 6, 2015. California and Washington already have adopted, through state regulation, many of the rules that the EPA now wants to put in place nationwide. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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