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Daily News Digest August 6, 2018

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Since last summer, Trump's staff have changed their philosophy on his vacation. When Trump unwound last year at his Bedminster golf club or at his Mar-a-Lago estate, his senior staff often scrambled to fill his time — planning events and scheduling golf games with people who might engage him in productive conversation. They feared he would live-tweet his favorite TV shows, setting off national and geopolitical firestorms (remember the Obama wiretap classic?).

At Scripps Pier in San Diego, the surface water reached the highest temperature in 102 years of records, 78.8 degrees.

Palm Springs had its warmest July on record, with an average of 97.4 degrees. Death Valley experienced its hottest month on record, with the average temperature hitting 108.1. Park rangers said the heat was too much for some typically hardy birds that died in the broiling conditions.

Wells Fargo apologized for the error and said in a statement that it is "providing remediation" to customers whose mortgages were affected, according to CNN.

In the high-school parking lot, Colston L. of Columbus was one of a number of vendors hawking Trump merchandise. Colston, who only gave his last initial, said since arriving at 9 a.m. Saturday, he sold about 300 "Make America Great Again" hats at $10 each in about 9 hours. Colston said this was his first time selling Trump merchandise -- he answered a Craigslist ad earlier in the week and agreed to sell the hats, earning 20 percent of whatever he makes.

Daily News Digest August 5, 2018

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President Donald Trump is concerned about whether his son Donald Trump Jr. might have exposure in the special counsel's Russia investigation, leading to his increasingly frenzied public agitation over Robert Mueller, sources close to the White House tell CNN.

Trump has been concerned for months now that the Mueller probe could reach his family, and potentially his son-in-law Jared Kushner, but his focus has turned to his namesake in recent weeks, one person who speaks with Trump frequently tells CNN. This is one of several reasons Trump has upped his public attacks on Mueller, because he doesn't want him touching his family, the person adds.

In a statement on Twitter, Stewart said he was “excited and invigorated” to return to the role that was instrumental in making him a household name. The show will feature Alex Kurtzman leading a creative team that will also include James Duff (The Closer) , Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), Michael Chabon (John Carter, and a bunch of books), and Kirsten Beyer (Discovery), according to the Hollywood Reporter

President Trump bragged about his prowess in defeating the Republicans who oppose him, saying at an Ohio rally that he "destroys" the careers of GOP politicians who dare defy him.

"How do you get 100 percent of anything? We always have somebody who says 'I don't like Trump, I don't like our president, he destroyed my career,' " Trump said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that it has appointed American actor Steven Seagal as a “special representative” for Russian-American humanitarian relations.

Daily News Digest August 4, 2018

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A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In his 25-page opinion, Judge John Bates said the Trump White House had again failed to provide justification for its proposal to end the Obama-era program, under which nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, known as "Dreamers," have received work permits and deferral from deportation.

More commonly though, denialism’s effects are less direct but more insidious. Climate change denialists have not managed to overturn the general scientific consensus that it is occurring and caused by human activity. What they have managed to do is provide subtle and not-so-subtle support for those opposed to taking radical action to address this urgent problem. Achieving a global agreement that could underpin a transition to a post-carbon economy, and that would be capable of slowing the temperature increase, was always going to be an enormous challenge. Climate change denialism has helped to make the challenge even harder.

In the new document — an amended complaint filed in U.S. District Court in late July — the NRA says it cannot access financial services essential to its operations and is facing “irrecoverable loss and irreparable harm.”

Specifically, the NRA warns that it has lost insurance coverage — endangering day-to-day operations. “Insurance coverage is necessary for the NRA to continue its existence,” the complaint reads. Without general liability coverage, it adds, the “NRA cannot maintain its physical premises, convene off-site meetings and events, operate educational programs … or hold rallies, conventions and assemblies.”

A federal judge said Friday that the Trump administration is "100 percent" responsible for reuniting migrant families separated at the southern border as a result of its "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said during a phone hearing that the administration's efforts to track down migrant families it divided was "unacceptable," according to CNN.

Daily News Digest August 3, 2018

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday evening described the 2017-18 term as "much more divisive than usual."

The term as a whole was "momentous" and filled with "far more than the usual number of high-profile disputes," the 85-year-old Ginsburg, whose career on the Supreme Court spans more than two decades, said at a Washington event hosted by Duke University.

Carol Smith and her family walked into their hillside neighborhood Thursday to find her home reduced to mangled metal and piles of bricks after a massive Northern California wildfire leveled more than 1,000 homes.

“I’m waiting to probably break down any minute here. Pretty overwhelming,” Smith said as the family stood on the sidewalk staring in disbelief at what’s left of their house in the city of Redding.

"Hannity is a propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night," Acosta said on Twitter. "He says he's just a talk show host, not a journalist. But he's injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream warping public attitudes about the press. I'm confident in the long run the truth will prevail."

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People can reasonably debate whether Macron’s grand projects are destined to fortify or to further weaken France. What is uncontested is his salient political flaw: arrogance, girded with an attitude of “technocratic authoritarianism,” as a French friend of mine aptly put it. Macron did pundits everywhere a favor, when, in an interview he gave just before his election, he used the term “jupitérien” to refer to his intended governing style. That’s Jupiterian, as in Jupiter: the largest planet, the most powerful god. Macron was talking about his wish for the executive to reign supreme over all other branches of government; the explicit contrast was to the lower-key style of Hollande, who humbly fashioned himself a “normal” President, and was rewarded, by the end of his single term, with a single-digit approval rating.

Daily News Digest August 2, 2018

Things I learned yesterday:

  1. You need photo ID to buy groceries.
  2. Trump's tweets are not "presidential orders" -- unless they are.
  3. Republicans are a-okay with putting babies in jail.
  4. The Trump campaign had an inordinate number of "coffee boys".
  5. There is such a thing as bigfoot porn.
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The journalists were killed in an ambush carried out by unidentified assailants, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing local authorities. 

Russian online news organization Investigation Control Centre (TsUR) identified the three killed journalists as Orhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko, saying they were working on an assignment for the news outlet, Reuters reported. 

Previously undisclosed evidence in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller—including highly confidential White House records and testimony by some of President Trump’s own top aides—provides some of the strongest evidence to date implicating the president of the United States in an obstruction of justice. Several people who have reviewed a portion of this evidence say that, based on what they know, they believe it is now all but inevitable that the special counsel will complete a confidential report presenting evidence that President Trump violated the law. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel’s work, would then decide on turning over that report to Congress for the House of Representatives to consider whether to instigate impeachment proceedings.

“I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in someone getting hurt,” CNN’s much-maligned reporter Jim Acosta noted, as he posted video of the scene:

It showed a sea of worked-up Trump supporters screaming curses at him and aggressively gesturing with their middle fingers.

The New York Times’s Katie Rogers agreed, calling it “as hostile as I’ve seen people.”

One White House reporter for a large newspaper told me in an e-mail, under the condition of anonymity, that he has worked on a number of prewrites. “It's necessary,” he said. He listed a few notable examples of this Administration’s sudden personnel moves. “Reince fired via tweet, Tillerson fired via tweet, McMaster, Bannon—everyone saw those coming. Spicer, everyone knew it couldn’t last too much longer. Pruitt you knew it was going to happen. I’m sure people have them ready for Kelly”—meaning John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, who had been rumored to be on his way out of the White House until earlier this week, when reports said that he intended to stay. The reporter went on, “You start hearing that Trump is souring on someone, or that someone is souring on Trump, and you start getting it ready. There has never been so much turnover in such a short time. It is the only constant in Trump’s world. He sees people as entirely disposable.”

One White House reporter for a large newspaper told me in an e-mail, under the condition of anonymity, that he has worked on a number of prewrites. “It's necessary,” he said. He listed a few notable examples of this Administration’s sudden personnel moves. “Reince fired via tweet, Tillerson fired via tweet, McMaster, Bannon—everyone saw those coming. Spicer, everyone knew it couldn’t last too much longer. Pruitt you knew it was going to happen. I’m sure people have them ready for Kelly”—meaning John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, who had been rumored to be on his way out of the White House until earlier this week, when reports said that he intended to stay. The reporter went on, “You start hearing that Trump is souring on someone, or that someone is souring on Trump, and you start getting it ready. There has never been so much turnover in such a short time. It is the only constant in Trump’s world. He sees people as entirely disposable.”

Daily News Digest August 1, 2018

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Federal judge issues temporary restraining order stopping release of downloadable blueprints for 3D-printed guns.

In reports to the FBI and the Treasury Department's financial crimes division, bank officials expressed concern about how much control Erickson appeared to have over Butina's personal checking account, BuzzFeed reported. 

Wells Fargo closed Butina and Erickson's personal and business accounts in late 2017, according to BuzzFeed. 

Congressional auditors say about 30 million people — 21 percent of U.S. taxpayers — will have to come up with more money to pay their 2018 taxes next year because their employers withheld too little from their paychecks under government tables keyed to the new tax law.

Daily News Digest July 31, 2018

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Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in an interview on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Argentina this month that his department was studying whether it could use its regulatory powers to allow Americans to account for inflation in determining capital gains tax liabilities. The Treasury Department could change the definition of “cost” for calculating capital gains, allowing taxpayers to adjust the initial value of an asset, such as a home or a share of stock, for inflation when it sells.

“If it can’t get done through a legislation process, we will look at what tools at Treasury we have to do it on our own and we’ll consider that,” Mr. Mnuchin said

“The orchards are big and beautiful,” said Dan Fazio, executive director of the Washington Farm Labor Association. “The crop looks good.”

Just one problem: A shortage of workers to bring in the harvest.

The continental United States had its hottest month of May and the third-hottest month of June. Japan was walloped by record triple-digit temperatures, killing at least 86 people in what its meteorological agency bluntly called a “disaster.” And weather stations logged record-high temperatures on the edge of the Sahara and above the Arctic Circle.

Is it because of climate change? Scientists with the World Weather Attribution project concluded in a study released Friday that the likelihood of the heat wave currently baking Northern Europe is “more than two times higher today than if human activities had not altered climate.”

Daily News Digest July 30, 2018

Tim Boyle (Columbia Sportswear) has some important thoughts on immigration. Measure 105 comes up for vote in November and we are going to have to get to work to defeat it. Thanks, Tim for the important reminder. We are all immigrants.

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Oregonians will be better off if this divisive measure is defeated. I am all for constructive political debates on important subjects. And, I have no doubt that decent people can have a healthy and honest debate about immigration policy in this country and can hold differing views in good faith. But make no mistake, the dialogue around sanctuary cities and states is not intended to bring out the best in us or help us find common ground with one another. It is meant to divide and create fear, and to do so by demonizing one group of people: immigrants. 

Ms. Black said that the responders told her she could not afford the $600 ambulance ride to take her daughter to the hospital, and that she was directed by the medics to drive her there on her own. Ms. Black said she believed her family was treated poorly because they are black.

Alejandra was shown her release paperwork and told she would be reunited with her 6-year-old daughter later in the day.

She was put into a separate holding facility at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, where she had been separated from her daughter for weeks, and told that her wait would soon be over.

That was 11 days ago.

His brother Mimun Salem, who lives in Michigan, said his family being barred from the country caused his brother to kill himself.

“I’ll say it’s the first and main reason. I could give it 90 percent,” he told NBC. “He cannot bring them here and at the same time, he cannot take them back to Yemen." 

Daily News Digest July 29, 2018

A lazy summer morning, with the garden calling to me. Harvest is just around the corner. We are already enjoying cucumbers and tomatoes should be ripe in a few more days.


Today, let's talk a little about the weather. It has been crazy cold and crazy hot with very little of the "in-between" - you know, the days when it is a pleasure to be outside. The start of 2018 was marked by wild weather and it doesn't show much sign of slowing down. But, don't worry. Climate change isn't real. <grrrr>

There is a lot going on in the world ... wildfires are a global problem, with fires burning in Greece, SwedenCalifornia, Oregon and Washington. It seems the entire western United States is on fire.

Hawaii is still battling the volcano that started erupting in May. Scientists are watching for signs of slowing. People died earlier this month when Toronto was struck by a heatwave.

The first three installments of a multi-part series I am working on posted yesterday. You can find it here, if you are interested.

 

Daily News Digest July 28, 2018

Daily News is on break, so this edition (and several to follow) is being penned by Roxy.

The Trump Administration - A Starbucks Story

I was in Starbucks this morning (a business meeting) and two elderly gentlemen were sitting on the sofas having their coffee. They were already in a heated argument when I sat down, and it was easy to hear everything that was being said.

Man 1: I just don't understand how people like you can still support this guy.

Man 2: Well, he did the tax thing and I think he will get the wall built.

Man 1: How's that tax thing working out for you? I got screwed on it. My taxes went up.

Man 2: Well, I really don't know, yet, but it is supposed to help all of us.

Man 1: (Chuckles)

This goes back and forth for another 20 minutes. It was good-natured, but Man 1 didn't back down, pointing out all of the ways the current administration and its' minions have been tearing the country apart.

Finally, Man 1 asks: You gonna vote for him again in '20.

Man 2: I'd be a fool if I did.

The moral of the story is ... people can change their minds. My county is kinda pink (used to be deep blue), so I found this exchange very heartening.

This Week's Headlines: 

KRCR, the local NBC affiliate, was in one of the mandatory evacuation zones. Visibly uneasy anchors signed off, saying “we are going to leave the station because it is now unsafe to be here” as they cut to the station’s webcam showing the quintessential suburban view of street lights and trees lit by the bright glow of fire burning in the night.

"I have not changed but the Republican party clearly has," Stegmann said in her message. "There’s too much at stake in our country right now and we have to speak out. As a woman, a business owner, a mother, an immigrant, and a minority I cannot condone the misogyny, the racism, and the unethical and immoral behavior of the current administration."

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